Note from the Editor: Special Issue Vol. 10, No. 2 (2018)

For the 2018 publication year, the editorial committee decided to publish a special issue. In this case, researchers from the University of Lethbridge and University of Alberta, Victoria Holec (a doctoral student in Cultural, Social and Political Thought) and Amy Mack (a doctoral student with the Department of Anthropology) have been invited to be co-editors of Volume 10, No 2.

The papers that they have included in this issue were derived from presentations given “At the Intersections of Childhood Symposium”. This symposium was hosted by the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge in early April, 2017. The common theme linking these presentations (and ultimately papers) together, delved into the intersections of digital, Indigenous, and youth issues. As set out in an email sent to me on March 8, 2017 by Victoria Holec:

The relevance of this symposium is twofold: First, since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, universities have been making strides to engage in meaningful truth-recognition and reconciliation through scholarship and community engagement projects. Second, the proposed areas of conversation touch on two Social Sciences and Humanities Research (SSHRC) future challenge areas: 1) the use of digital technology in resilience and preservation projects within Indigenous communities, and 2) the need to investigate the effectiveness of technologies in these communities, which has important impacts for digital literacy. Youth are central to this topic, as we contend that empowered and educated youth can take the results of this scholarship to the community and through peer teaching can impact their friends, families, and communities.

In total, Victoria and Amy have edited eight papers which have been included in this issue. Topics involve decolonization and colonial structures, media literacy, fictitious literature, culturally relevant methodological issues, and media arts justice activities. Each paper is unique in its approach, is topical given the emphasis on learning and new technologies, and is important in understanding youth and Indigenous culture.

I have enjoyed working with Victoria and Amy over the past year. They have created an excellent issue for “The Canadian Journal of Family and Youth” and have provided our readers with new and innovative perspectives. I am sure that readers will enjoy this compilation.

As a final note, I would like to thank Victoria and Amy for all of the work that they have put into this issue and I wish them well in their future endeavours.

 

Sandra Rollings-Magnusson,

Editor