2017 Indigitization Training Week

Indigitization is pleased to announce the eighth call for applications 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 of up to $10,000 per project are provided by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 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 new application forms and guidelines. Both previous and new applicants are encouraged to submit proposals, but previous recipients considering applying again must demonstrate how capacity-building will be enhanced by another unique project.


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. There is no requirement for digitized materials to be made publicly available.

How to Apply

Visit our Application Guidelines page to download the application and budget forms. You can also find application instructions, a sample application and a sample job description for a digitization technician.


To apply, please email the Application Form as a PDF document to in.digitization@ubc.ca by 12pm (noon) on December 10th, 2018. If you would like your submission reviewed for feedback before the deadline you must submit your application before November 30th, 2018.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation your application has not been received. For applications submitted on the deadline date, please phone (604) 827-0342.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Dupont, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, in.digitization@ubc.ca; (604) 827-0342

Indigitization Partners:

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.