Valuable oral histories, traditions and culture from two B.C. Aboriginal communities will be preserved

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Glenn Drexhage

Valuable oral histories, traditions and culture from two B.C. Aboriginal communities will be preserved, thanks to the Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program (AADPP).

This pilot initiative - led by UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, in partnership with the Museum of Anthropology and the First Nations Technology Council - provides matching funds for B.C. Aboriginal organizations to convert audio cassette tapes to digital formats for preservation and access. Current plans are to offer equipment, training and funding support for four to six projects per year, with applications accepted twice a year.

Congratulations to the inaugural AADPP recipients –Tsawwassen First Nation and the Upper St’át’imc Language, Culture, and Education Society! Tsawwassen First Nation, located in the Lower Mainland, plans to digitize 165 analogue cassettes that contain interviews with many of the community’s Elders. This will enable the community to access Elder teachings in a more accessible medium, and build skills among administrative staff and within the community. The Upper St’át’imc Language, Culture, and Education Society, based in Lillooet, aims to digitize 133 audio interviews undertaken since 1991 with speakers, storytellers and those willing to share their cultural knowledge. The aim is to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of these culturally significant materials. Both projects are planned for completion in 2014.

The Learning Centre is also pleased to announce the second call for applications to the AADPP, which has been revised with a new application form and some changes to the funding model. Previous and new applicants are encouraged to submit proposals. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 28, 2014. Please visit the Indigitization site for details about eligibility, access, guidelines, criteria and more.


Glenn Drexhage


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