Photo credit: UBC Library
Photo credit: UBC Library

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to announce the fourth 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.

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 Sarah Dupont ( by 5pm on March 27, 2015. 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 (PDF, MS Word)
Application Form (PDF, MS Word)

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Dupont, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 604.827.0342

Gordon Yusko, Assistant Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 604.822.2298

The program is a collaboration between the Learning Centre,  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.