Ry Moran, a member of the Red River Métis, has been appointed as the inaugural associate university librarian – reconciliation at the University of Victoria. He will help further educate and inform Canadians about the importance of memory and Indigenous knowledge in the national effort of reconciliation.
Moran is founding director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba. For the past five years, Moran has led the creation of a permanent home in the NCTR of a national archive for all materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He will lead UVic Libraries to decolonize approaches to the university’s archives and collections, and integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into their work.
“Ry Moran’s appointment at UVic is unique and the first such position in Canada,” said UVic President Jamie Cassels. “His work will foster mutual understanding, and will greatly contribute to our university’s goal of advancing respect and reconciliation.”
Moran will be a member of the UVic Libraries’ senior management team on the UVic campus that stands on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples and in the traditional lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.
Moran grew up in Victoria and graduated from UVic in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history.
“Anchoring a position like this inside of a major repository of knowledge in UVic Libraries is going to directly help equip all students, faculties and learners with essential information that they need to pursue their own paths to reconciliation,” Moran said in in press statement.