2015 Summer Projects

Total Indigitization Grant Funding awarded = $111,925

Project Title: Preservation of Tsilhqot’in Intangible Heritage: Digitizing and Enhancing Taped Audio Interviews and Gatherings from the 1960s to 2002
Participant: Tsilhqot’in National Government
Amount: $10,000
Description: This project consists of three primary objectives: completing digitization of the Tsilhqot’in National Government’s collection of approximately 925 cassettes; undergoing basic audio engineering training on-site using specialized noise-reduction software; and creating access master copies of all digitized files for future use as educational and heritage resources.

Project Title: Musqueam Governance Digitization Project
Participant: Musqueam Indian Band
Amount: $10,000
Description: This project will digitize and preserve an estimated 265 cassettes containing Musqueam Chief and Council Meetings, General Band Meetings, and Committee Meetings, and allow for controlled access to these recordings of immense administrative, cultural, historical, and archival value.

Project Title: Haida Gwaii Musuem – Digitization of Audio Tapes
Participant: Haida Gwaii Museum
Amount: $10,000
Description: This will be the Haida Gwaii Museum’s first digitization project of its audio collection and will help establish the foundation for a long-term digitization program.

Project Title: Xaad Kil Digitization Project
Participant: Xaad Kihlgaa Hl Suu.u Society (XKHS) / Haida Language Society
Amount: $8,517
Description: Xaad Kihlgaa Hl Suu.u Society (XKHS) – The Haida Language Society strives to preserve and revitalize the northern Haida language dialect. XKHS is the umbrella organization for northern language initiatives and supports all language programs. This project will digitize and make accessible up to 125 audiocassette recordings of the Haida elders.

Project Title: Understanding Traditional Land Use of the Peace Region through Elders Oral History Stories
Participant: Treaty 8 Tribal Association
Amount: $10,000
Description: Since the 1980’s, the Treaty Aboriginal Rights and Research (TARR) department has been an important part of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association. The archive holds many valuable pieces of historical information such as elder interviews, photographs, cassettes, and historical records from each of the member communities.

Project Title: Indigitization Phase II – Towards a Digital Infrastructure
Participant: Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre
Amount: $8,487
Description: Phase II of the Heiltsuk Indigitization Project will build upon existing digitization capacities at the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre. Newly digitized tapes will engender the development of efficient workflows and infrastructure for providing access to materials that have a wide range of traditional Heiltsuk and western colonial access requirements.

Project Title: Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation Digitization – Tape Preservation Project
Participant: Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
Amount: $10,000
Description: SXFN has a collection of 160 tapes that contain valuable historical information of all our elders, some who are no longer with us. The ability to digitize our audio cassettes filled with historical information and oral histories will enable SXFN and its members to continue to live our culture, language, and traditions in accordance with our mandate. It is essential to preserve the historical information and oral histories of SXFN, which provide evidence of not only our past traditional uses of our territory, but also our continued use of the territory.

Project Title: Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (HTG) Audio Digitization & Preservation Project 2015
Participant: Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group
Amount: $5,411
Description: The project will not only assist the HTG in their treaty negotiations but will also allow for the sharing of historical and cultural information to a wide assortment of people who have been denied access to it for a number of years. The oral history shared by our members, many of whom have departed, cannot be found in any archival collection or library in the world. These interviews are unique to our current situation and living conditions.

Project Title: Wuikinuxv Tape Digitization Project
Participant: Wuikinuxv Nation
Amount: $9,560
Description: The Wuikinuxv Nation is currently gathering TUS, TEK and Language information. We intend to make the information accessible and useful in many decision making processes including resource management, government management, legal decision making and traditional government management.