October 1, 2020—Gatineau, Quebec—Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

As we move forward on the path of reconciliation, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is supporting Indigenous communities as they seek to preserve and make accessible their existing audio and video heritage for future generations.

Through its Listen, Hear Our Voices (LHOV) initiative, LAC is providing up to $60,000 per project to eligible First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations to support their efforts to identify, digitize and preserve Indigenous language recordings, and build digitization and preservation capacity in their communities.

Indigenous organizations are encouraged to submit applications until noon on December 11, 2020 (Pacific Standard Time). Interested parties can find guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form on the Listen, Hear Our Voices web page. Archivists, based in traditional territories, are available to provide advice and support with funding applications.

An Indigenous review committee, external to LAC and comprised of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation representatives from across Canada, will assess applications and make recommendations for funding.

As part of the initiative’s first call for applications, 31 Indigenous organizations across the country received funding to digitize their recordings and build skills and resources within their communities to preserve their history. The list of recipients for the 2019–20 call for proposals is available on the Listen, Hear Our Voices (Contribution funding recipients 2019–20) web page.

The Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative is part of the Indigenous documentary heritage initiatives, which were developed in 2017 to increase access to Indigenous-related content in LAC’s collection and to support Indigenous communities in their efforts to preserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation cultures and languages.

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