This program provides up to $180,000 in funding, technology and training to communities to support language revitalization using technology.
“This past year has proven to be quite a learning curve for our team and a year of eternal gratitude. We have been able to add to the Archive invaluable pieces that may have been lost if not for FirstVoices and this wonderful opportunity.” – Wanda Good, Gitanyow Health Society
The program combines funding from the FirstVoices Program and Digitization Grant Initiative. Combining these programs into one means that communities now only complete one application and complete a single report.
First Voices is an online tool that communities use to document and share their language through a community site that includes alphabets, songs, stories, words and phrases as well as multimedia. This program provides access to state-of-the-art technologies, training and technical support.
Digitization projects involve converting materials such as audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, text documents and more to a digital format. We provide grants, equipment and training to help communities digitize and organize these valuable resources.
This funding supports B.C. First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils, Indigenous cultural, language and education centres, as well as urban Indigenous organizations.
The application deadline is April 5, 2021. Projects must be implemented between July 2021 and June 2022.
Up to $80,000 is available for FirstVoices projects and up to $100,000 is available for digitization projects. Projects with smaller budgets are encouraged to apply. Applications for two years of programming are also welcome.
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