TLEF Project Assistant
Fiona Kelly (she/they) is an Irish-American and French-Canadian settler from Connecticut, USA. She has had the opportunity to work in and research libraries and museums in England, Scotland, Aotearoa New Zealand, the United States, and Canada, exploring themes of settler colonialism, empire, white supremacy, national identity, and Indigeneity. They are currently in her first year of their Masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where she is also a part of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration. She is focused on using museum collections and records as a means of relationship repair and building with First Nations, including repatriation and records research to support linguistic, cultural, and political revitalization. They are also particularly invested in facilitating the use of archival materials to support many First Nations and Indigenous communities’ ongoing legal fights for self-determination, autonomy, and sovereignty in the United States and Canada, as well as the return of ancestors and belongings currently being housed in colonial institutions. In their free time she enjoys reading, embroidery, and cooking.