This month the Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) announced that datejie cheko green is the winner of the 2021-2022 ISC/SCI Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary Award.
datejie is a journalist, digital consultant, and interdisciplinary scholar whose knowledge production spans genres and sectors. Her research interests include decolonial and environmental movements with a focus on uncovering and translating the histories of systems, structures and relations that have led to inequalities today. She has been a union organizer for freelancers, equity-seeking journalists and knowledge workers in Canada and the US, leading her further into projects innovating digital justice.
Since entering journalism through community radio, datejie has tracked gaps and opportunities for more cohesive creation, publication and preservation of the work and works of marginalized peoples – as journalists, and as news subjects. Her early interests in archiving radio and film led her to self study and training of research methods, cataloguing systems, digital asset management software, metadata practices, national and international preservation standards and protocols.
Looking back at history and forward to posterity, datejie’s current work seeks to address the contemporary urgency for digital literacy, media literacy, news literacy through radical, collective and community-minded publishing, preservation, and archiving. She is presently developing news programming and teaching modules focused by, for and about Black journalists.
With this bursary, ISC/SCI aims to help achieve equality of opportunity for aspiring indexers belonging to underrepresented and/or marginalized groups. The bursary covers fees for an approved indexing program, two years of ISC membership with listing, and entry into the Mary Newberry Mentorship program.
In addition, six 6-month trial memberships were awarded to Sarah Kahale (BC), Alexander Benmerrouche (SK), Ashley Lavadinho (ON), Jude Klaassen (QC), Fenrir Cerebellion (BC), and Mieke Leigh (BC).