[WMCA Comms] Wikimedia Canada December Newsletter

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Sat Dec 19 14:13:56 EST 2020

News and updates from the Wikimedia movement in Canada

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** Wikimedia Canada receives charity status!
Since last summer,
Wikimedia Canada is recognized as a registered charity allowing us to issue tax-deductible receipts when you make a donation. (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=3bbb08c5d0&e=4da2a46392)

Thanks to your donations, Wikimedia Canada encourages the development of free content in Canada. By training contributors to edit from coast to coast, we ensure the quality of topics that are important to us. Whether it is culture, sciences, politics, history, geography, and many other topics, it is important that Canadians take part in the development of the Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia.

We engage in a range of activities: outreach initiatives, editor community building events, content creation projects, partnerships with cultural and knowledge institutions, collaborations with Indigenous communities. Your donations help us to support the volunteers of the Wikimedia movement in Canada.

In this season of end-of-year giving and to mark the first year that we are recognized as a registered charity, we hope that you will consider making a donation (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=3f221d4fbb&e=4da2a46392) to Wikimedia Canada to ensure that we can continue our projects to keep Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects growing with content developed by Canadians and to make sure that everyone have access to quality and neutral information. Help us to support the free sharing of knowledge. Every donation is tax-deductible in Canada.

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Gérard-Morisset Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, winning picture of Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in Canada submitted by Wilfredor

** Winners of Wiki Loves Monuments

The 10 winning pictures of Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in Canada (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=585a198166&e=4da2a46392) have been announced during the closing session of the WikiConference North America 2020 (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=82a0306b3a&e=4da2a46392) held entirely online. The winning picture is the one of the Gérard-Morisset Pavilion of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec submitted by Wilfredor. Congratulations! Now the 10 winning pictures from Canada will be assessed by the grand jury of the international contest.

This year, we received a total of 1,162 pictures (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=4502bddedb&e=4da2a46392) from across Canada by 71 participants. Already more than 200 of those are used on Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia.

2020 was the 10th edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, an annual international contest to document heritage sites around the world. It was the 7th edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Canada.

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** New Board of Directors of Wikimedia Canada

Last month, Wikimedia Canada held its Annual General Meeting of the members (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=e42691281d&e=4da2a46392) . We wish to thank all members who participated.

We are welcoming two new Board members: Catherine Bernier, involved with the GLAM-Wiki projects with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), and Thérèse Ottawa, referent of the WikiClub Metapeckeka (the WikiClub of the Atikamekw Community of Manawan) and very dedicated in the project to develop the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin (the Wikipedia in Atikamekw language). Benoit Rochon, Ha-Loan Phan, and Michael David Miller were re-elected to the Board.

Ha-Loan Phan is joining the Executive Committee as Secretary. Lëa-Kim Chateauneuf remains as President, Michael David Miller as Vice President, and Guillaume Lafrance as Treasurer.

Wikimedia Canada is proud that its Board of Directors is still composed of a majority of women and to welcome a member of the Atikamekw First Nation as a director, as well as maintaining a representation from the LGBTQ+ community. We are sure that this will help us to continue and further our efforts in terms of inclusiveness and diversity.

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** A few videos from different projects in Canada

We would like to share with you a few videos about Wikimedia projects developed recently in Canada.

In English, the recordings of the speaker series “Diving Deeper into Wikipedia” held by the University of Alberta and supported financially by Wikimedia Canada are available: Diving Deeper into Wikipedia Public accountability and transparency (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=4428da059f&e=4da2a46392) , Diving Deeper into Wikipedia Indigenizing Wikipedia (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=9bc4685d30&e=4da2a46392)  and Diving Deeper into Wikipedia Information Activism (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=c2a081bb0d&e=4da2a46392) .

In French, there is a video titled “Pourquoi et comment contribuer aux projets Wikimédia? (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=dbeaa1f396&e=4da2a46392) ” produced by the ADN Network.

** A few news from the Wikimedia Movement

The WikiConference North America 2020 was supposed to happen in Toronto. However it has been postponed to another year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the organizers decided to host a conference entirely online on December 11, 12, and 13, 2020 (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=c5f6fae127&e=4da2a46392) . Many sessions were recorded and the videos will be available for viewing.

Last October, two senior staff members of the Wikimedia Foundation published a blog post (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=4a31284626&e=4da2a46392) on how Wikipedia fights against fake news, especially surrounding the presidential election in the United States.

Wikimedia France published a blog post (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=8f8ef734c1&e=4da2a46392) in French about a thesis by Marie-Noëlle Doutreix at University Paris 3 in 2018 in information and communication sciences on the topic “Wikipedia, encyclopedia and news site: Quality of the information and collaborative standards of an online media”.

Every year, the Coolest Tool Awards are awarded to the best technical tools developed during the year. The 2020 winners (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=276c9d3322&e=4da2a46392) were announced on 11 December. A presentation video (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=c362f27bf8&e=4da2a46392) is available.

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Images credits:
- ** Rick Galbraith, Boathouses and anchored boats in Kaslo Bay in Kaslo Bay Park, British Columbia, CC-BY-SA 4.0 (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=072a2b3a84&e=4da2a46392(Municipal_Heritage_Site_IMD19030).jpg)
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** Pavillon Gérard-Morisset du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (https://wikimedia.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29c1f1c45dc917d8c6939fa4c&id=2945cc8f3f&e=4da2a46392)
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