The Oral Histories Program provides funding and training to help organizations record oral histories about how Indigenous communities in B.C. have survived and lived through difficult times.
The Oral Histories Program is for First Nations and/or organizations in B.C. with a mandate or a focus that includes Indigenous heritage. This grant supports the recording of oral histories that are focused on how Indigenous communities and individuals survived and lived through difficult times in the past. These accounts can include a broad range of topics, including personal and collective experiences and lessons learned, ways of managing difficult circumstances, land and community-based activities that promoted resiliency and other experiences from the past that will guide and inspire future generations.
Funding recipients will have an existing relationship with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper in an Indigenous community in B.C. who will partner on this project. They must also have experience working with Indigenous history and cultural heritage, which can include professional or lived experience. Those who collect stories have the option of including them in a permanent, online living archive on FPCC’s First Peoples’ Map of B.C. The archive will inform future generations about how Indigenous communities and peoples adapt to challenges, such as COVID-19 and climate change.
This program is funded by the BC Heritage Branch, in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please review the guidelines below.
Check out this video from our recent webinar information sessions. During this session, we provide an overview presentation of the program, including what the Oral Histories Program is, who can apply, eligible costs, how to apply, and key things to consider when applying.
We are here to help!
If you have any 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.
Resources & Training
Training modules are offered in the following categories:
- Preparing for an Oral History Interview
- Conducting an Oral History Interview
- Managing Interview Data and Transcriptions
- Technology Recommendations
- Working with Elders resource
Kym recently graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology with a Cultural Resource Management Certificate. She joined FPCC’s Heritage Program in 2020 and now supports the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Micro Grants and the Oral Histories Grants.