***This video originally appeared on blueprintdigital.com
“Hi, my name is Sarah DuPont. I’m the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the University of British Columbia, and I’m here with the Indigitzation Program.
So, our topic was to illuminate everything about the Indigitization Program, and it was really fantastic to share a little bit about the work we do with First Nations community digital cultural heritage preservation.
We talked a little bit about why this program is important. It’s a grant-funded program that’s run out of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC. Essentially we told people that it’s about $10,000 matching grant funds that we give out to communities to help teach about audio cassette digitization and preservation and all the things that go along with digital cultural heritage preservation and management.
We talked a lot in our presentation about some of the challenges and barriers to doing this type of work in communities when we’re looking at issues of trust, cultural sensitivity, and the information. So, our program tries to build capacity in communities so that trust can be bridged between the university and communities.