The Language Technology Program is a combination of the FirstVoices Program and the Digitization Grants Initiative.
This program provides up to $180,000 in funding plus equipment and training to support language revitalization using technology.
Digitization projects involve converting materials such as audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, and text documents to a digital format. FirstVoices projects involve using FirstVoices.com to document and share your language. These projects make languages more accessible for those living in and away from the community and preserves knowledge for future generations.
Combining the FirstVoices Program and the Digitization Grants Initiative into one funding stream means that communities now only complete one application and one final report.
Applications for two years of funding are welcome. This program is for First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils and Indigenous organizations located in B.C.
This program is funded by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and the Department of Canadian Heritage as a result of the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Languages Act.
FirstVoices.com is an online tool that communities use to document and share their language with future generations. Teams upload alphabets, songs, stories, words and phrases as well as multimedia to language sites through FirstVoices.com, making the language more accessible to learners who can use the resources to learn and interact with their language.
Communities applying for FirstVoices projects are eligible for up to $80,000. Projects with small budgets are also encouraged to apply. For more information regarding eligible FirstVoices projects, please view the program guidelines.
Digitization is the process of converting materials such as audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes and text documents to a digital format. Communities gather and inventory the materials they would like to digitize, use specialized technology to convert them to a digital format, and archive and create access to the digital materials (such as through FirstVoices). This program provides funding, equipment and training.
Communities applying for digitization projects are eligible for up to $100,000. Projects will small budgets are also encouraged to apply. For more information, please view the program guidelines.
Tools and Resources
Language Status Assessment (LSA)
The Language Status Assessment (LSA) is a survey on the status of First Nations
languages. The Language Status Assessment is not a grant application but it is
required for communities who are applying for language funding from First
Peoples’ Cultural Council.
We are here to help!
If you have questions or would like assistance with your grant application, please contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page. FPCC staff are available to answer questions about grant eligibility, project proposal ideas, what activities are permitted during COVID-19 restrictions, which program or grant may be best for your project and more. You may also contact an Outreach Coach for information on project planning, resources and information sessions.
Kyra is a grateful non-Indigenous employee at FPCC of Irish ancestry. Kyra started her career working with Gitksan-speaking communities and credits her Gitksan mentors with fostering her passion for language revitalization.