2017 Cycle for Indigitization Grant Program open


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Indigitization is pleased to announce the sixth call of applicants for the annual Indigitization Grant Program. The Indigitization Grant Program is a matching funds program supporting audio-cassette digitization in partnership with Indigenous and Aboriginal communities across British Columbia.

The program seeks to facilitate communities and organizations in converting audio materials on cassette to uncompressed digital file formats, such as broadcast wave. Matching funds are provided by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre of up to $10, 000 per project, while participants also receive training and support throughout the digitization cycle. The program, which accepts applications annually, also seeks to promote enhanced and appropriate access to these recordings for communities, and where possible, the broader public.

The Indigitization Grant has been revised with a new application form and guidelines. Previous and new applicants are encouraged to submit proposals.


B.C. First Nations, Métis and Inuit community institutions and agencies that have the preservation of information resources as part of their mandate are eligible to apply for funding. Other Aboriginal organizations will be considered with a statement of support, such as a Band Council Resolution from local governance, indicating how the materials produced will be managed.


At-risk audio materials in B.C.’s Aboriginal communities may require digitization before access protocols can be established. Although enhanced and open access to cultural materials is a primary goal of the Learning Centre, projects that seek to establish protocol-based access are encouraged to apply.


To apply, please email the Application Form as a PDF document to in.digitization@ubc.ca by 5pm on March 3, 2017. See below for Application Guidelines and Application Form.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours from the project coordinator confirming that the application was received.

Application Guidelines (MS Word, PDF)

Application Form (MS WordPDF)

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Dupont, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, sarah.dupont@ubc.ca 604.827.0342

Gordon Yusko, Assistant Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, gordon.yusko@ubc.ca 604.822.2298

The program is a collaboration between the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, and the UBC Museum of Anthropology, among others. The wider mandate of the Indigitization Program is to focus on the conservation and preservation of Indigenous and Aboriginal community information resources.

Indigitization Futures Forum in the BCLA Journal

June’s Indigitization Futures Forum is featured in this month’s journal of the British Columbia Library Association, as an article created by Sustaining Information Practices Research Assistants, Michelle Kaczmarek and Emily Guerrero, available via the BCLA website.

The article, entitled Five cohorts of Indigitization project participants unite for inaugural Indigitization Futures Forum at UBC provides an overview of the intent, content, and successes of the weekend, addressing each panel and discussion in turn. It speaks to the knowledge and wisdom gleamed from speakers such as Marvin Williams from Lake Babine and Sherry Stump from the Tsilhqot’in Nation, and gives readers the opportunity to learn more about Indigitization within the context of the forum.


Marvin Williams from Lake Babine. Photo by Kyla Bailey.

In the authors’ words, the Indigenous Futures Forum  “provided space to discuss past and future projects, share knowledge and best practices, and to work together to envision future paths for the community-based digitization work that Indigitization supports.” Their article extends that discussion space to Information Professionals across British Columbia and has the potential to prompt further dialogue around best practice within information institutions.

You can read the full article here.