Library and Archives Canada Funds Projects to Help Preserve Indigenous Culture and Language Recordings
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is providing $2.3 million to support 31 projects by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations.
As part of the Government of Canada’s reconciliation efforts, LAC is supporting Indigenous communities as they seek to preserve and make accessible their existing audio and video heritage for future generations.
Through the Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative, LAC is providing contribution funding to help Indigenous organizations to digitize their existing culture and language recordings, and build the skills, knowledge and resources they need to carry out this work in their communities. After a call for applications, which closed in summer 2019, an Indigenous review committee, external to LAC, and consisting of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation representatives from across Canada, reviewed applications and made the following recommendations for funding.
Organizations receiving funding through the Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative
1. Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
2. Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA)
3. Atikamekw Sipi-Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw
4. Avataq Cultural Institute
5. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
6. Chemawawin Cree Nation
7. Council of Yukon First Nations, Yukon Native Language Centre
8. First Nations University of Canada
9. Gwich’in Tribal Council, Department of Cultural Heritage
10. Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations
11. Innu Nation
12. Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
13. James Bay Cree Communications Society
14. Kitselas Land and Resources Department
15. Legacy of Hope Foundation
16. Lil̓wat7úl Culture Centre
17. Louis Riel Institute
18. Mamu Tshishkutamashutau – Innu Education
19. Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)
20. Mohawk Language Custodian Association
21. Nak’azdli Whut’en, Natural Resources
22. Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV)
23. Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society
24. Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization Circle
25. Saik’uz First Nation
26. Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance
27. Them Days Incorporated
28. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
29. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
30. Tsilhqot’in National Government
31. Walpole Island Heritage Centre
For a complete list including funding recipients, project titles and funding amounts, visit the Listen, Hear Our Voices (Contribution funding recipients 2019–2020) web page.
- The Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative also offers free digitization services to Indigenous organizations, individuals, collectors and creators to digitize their existing culture and language recordings.
- The Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative is part of the Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives, which were developed in 2017 to increase access to Indigenous-related content in LAC’s collection and to support Indigenous communities in preserving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation cultures and languages.
- To further this work and recognize the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation, LAC has created the Indigenous Heritage Action Plan. The action plan consists of 28 concrete actions that LAC will undertake over the next five years.
- LAC is currently accepting proposals for the 2020–2021 funding cycle of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program. The deadline to submit applications is January 7, 2020.
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