The Listen, Hear our Voices initiative (part of the Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives) provided support to 19 projects by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations throughout Canada. Fisher River Cree Nation (FRCN) was successfully chosen as a recipient for 2020-2021 and received $22,230 for the Community History Archives project.

From the early 1990s into the 2000s FRCN members interviewed Elders who shared their stories and oral histories. The grant received from LAC is allowing Dr. Winona Wheeler and research assistant Jenny Chomyn to digitize the entire oral history collection, to transcribe them onto paper (some interviews only had summaries), translate where needed, and build a subject/name index catalogue so the collection will be easy to search. The grant allowed them to purchase software for audio editing and digital conversion, an audio converter player, as well as 8TB external hard drives for storage.

Currently, Jenny is digitizing, transcribing, building the catalogue, and adding them to the digital archives on the hard drives. Once they transcribe the English parts of the interviews, they will need some Cree-to-English translating done before the full transcripts of the interviews are complete. Once the entire archival collection is in the digital archive, they will be hosting a mini workshop on how to search for information. They also plan to host a workshop on how to digitize audio cassettes for members who may have old recordings of their Elders they want to preserve. They anticipate the digital archives will be ready by late winter and the workshops to be held in the Spring.

Contribution funding recipients 2020–2021

The Listen, Hear our Voices initiative (part of the Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives) is providing $739,305 to support 19 projects by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations throughout Canada.

The project list is organized alphabetically by province and city. –

OrganizationProject TitleFundingProvinceCity
Alberta First Nations Information Governance CentrePreserving Blackfoot Stories in Treaty Seven Territory$24,805AlbertaCalgary
Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council – Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research (LSLIRC-TARR) Program ArchiveLSLIRC-TARR Audio/Visual Collection Digitization Project$39,480AlbertaSlave Lake
McLeod Lake Indian BandKhuda Tsune – preserving our history and culture for the health and wellbeing of our people$33,810British ColumbiaMcLeod Lake
Okanagan Indian BandListening to our Syilx Ancestors$60,000British ColumbiaVernon
Fisher River Cree Nation (FRCN)FRCN Community Oral History Archive$22,230ManitobaKoostatak
Nisichawayasi Nehetho Culture and Education Authority Inc.LHOV-NCN Audio Archival Work$51,527ManitobaNelson House
Keewatin Tribal CouncilKayas Achanohkewina: Legends of Long Ago$19,515ManitobaThompson
Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc.Honouring the Voices of Our Relatives$42,240ManitobaWinnipeg
Mamawi Apikatetan Braiding Histories Inc.Screenshots of the 90’s: Active Wisdom and Modern Voices$25,000ManitobaWinnipeg
Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Inc.Honouring Our Ancestors Gifts$50,025ManitobaWinnipeg
Tłı̨chǫ GovernmentDigitizing the Tłı̨chǫ Audio and Video Archive$59,500Northwest TerritoriesBehchokǫ̀
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)IBC Iqqaumavavut: “We Remember Them” Archival Project$60,000NunavutIqaluit
Woodland Cultural CentreDwadwęnaga:da:t (We Raise Up Our Words) Digitization and Workshop Series$25,000OntarioBrantford
Beausoleil First Nation Public LibraryOur Legacy – Our Home (Digitizing Project)$25,000OntarioChristian Island
Mishamikoweesh CorporationKingfisher Lake Language & Culture Digitization Project$24,600OntarioKingfisher Lake
Chippewas of Nawash Language NestThe Chippewas of Nawash Anishnaabemowin Digitization Project$48,508OntarioNeyaashiinigmiing
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural InstitutePromoting Digitisation in Eeyou Istchee$59,963QuebecOujé-Bougoumou
First Nations University of Canada“These stories have walked a long way” – Repatriation of Touchwood Agency Tribal Council Oral Traditions$11,550SaskatchewanRegina
Council of Yukon First Nations – Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC)YNLC long-term capacity for digitizing First Nations language materials in the Yukon$56,552YukonWhitehorse
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