The 2016 Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture
Lindsay Knight
Indigenous Conceptualizations of Creativity
Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Radisson Hotel Saskatoon

Lindsay Knight (aka Eekwol) is an award winning hip hop performing artist living in Saskatoon. Originally from Muskoday First Nation, Lindsay successfully completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Saskatchewan, while continuing her many years of dedication to hip hop by creating something unique and astounding to give back to the community.

Eekwol uses her music and words to spread messages of resistance, revolution and keeping the language, land and culture alive for the next generations. Through her original sound she displays her activist roots by living and creating as a supporter of both hip hop and indigenous culture and rights. Along with music and academic work, Eekwol frequently works with young people across the country as a mentor and helper. She achieves this through performances, workshops, speaking events, conferences and programs.

The Mary Donaldson Memorial Trust was established in 1966 to honour the memory of Mary Donaldson, who was Saskatchewan’s first Provincial Librarian from 1951 until her death in 1966. SLA established the Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture Series in May 1967. The lectures are given annually by leaders in the field of library science or related fields. While the lectures are designed primarily for librarians in the province, they are open to the public in the belief that library trustees and friends of the libraries will also find them thought-provoking and challenging.

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1908. She received a B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1928 and a B.Sc. in Library Science from the University of Toronto in 1929. She started her professional career as a cataloguer in Toronto and Edmonton Public Libraries, and the University of Saskatchewan, where she served briefly as chief cataloguer before transferring to Saskatoon Public Library as chief assistant librarian in 1945. In 1948, she headed a group of Canadian librarians attending the International Summer School for Librarians in Manchester, England. Thereafter, she maintained a keen interest in library development throughout the world and was an active participant in library association affairs at all levels. From 1951 until her death in 1966, she held the position of Provincial Librarian for Saskatchewan. She also served as President of the Canadian Library Association from 1956 to 1957.