Photo credit to Gerry Lawson

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to announce the second call for applications to its B.C. Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program (AADPP).

Matching funds for equipment, training and funding support for the conversion of audio materials on cassette to digital preservation formats are provided. The program, which accepts applications twice a year, also seeks to promote enhanced and appropriate access to these recordings for communities, and where possible, the broader public.

The AADPP has been revised with a new application form and some changes to the funding model. 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.


The deadline for applications is March 13, 2014 (extended from February 28). Additional information, including funding details, application guidelines, adjudication criteria, reporting requirements and more is available at

For further information, please contact:

  • Sarah Dupont, Program Coordinator, Aboriginal Audio Digitization Program ,
  • Gordon Yusko, Assistant Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,

The program is a collaboration between the Learning Centre, the First Nations Technology Council and the UBC Museum of Anthropology, among others. It is part of the Indigitization Program, which focuses on the conservation and preservation of Aboriginal community information resources.

AADPP Application document is available in PDF and Word format.