GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 7, 2022 /CNW/ - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is announcing the recipients of the most recent funding cycle of its Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative. Listen, Hear Our Voices provides funding to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations throughout Canada in their efforts to digitize and preserve language and culture materials, and build digitization and preservation capacity for their communities.
Twenty-five (25) Indigenous organizations across the country received funding totalling $1.7 million for 2022–2023 as part of the initiative's third funding cycle.
An Indigenous review committee, external to LAC, and consisting of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation individuals from across Canada, reviewed the applications and made the following recommendations for funding.
Indigenous organizations receiving funding through the Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative
Acimowin Opaspiw Society
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
Alkw Media Society
Avataq Cultural Institute
Cheslatta Carrier Nation
Council of Yukon First Nations – Yukon Native Language Centre
Cowessess First Nation
Frog Lake Library
Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre
Inuvialuit Cultural Centre Pitquhiit-Pitqusiit
K'ómoks First Nation
Mamawi Apikatetan Braiding Histories Inc.
Mamu Tshishkutamashutau/Innu Education
Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Inc.
Micmacs of Gesgapegiag
Mizinatik Digital Centre
Poundmaker Cree Nation
Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre
Treaty Education Alliance
United Chiefs and Councils of MnidooMnising
University nuxelhot'ine thaa?ehots'i nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills
Walpole Island Heritage Centre
For project titles and funding amounts, visit the Listen, Hear Our Voices (Contribution funding recipients 2022–2023) 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 the collections in LAC's care and to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation governments and organizations in their efforts to preserve their culture and language materials.
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"The path towards truth and reconciliation is made up of countless gestures made by both institutions and individual Canadians. No contribution towards the collective healing process is too small, and LAC is particularly proud of the role it is playing with its series of Indigenous initiatives, of which Listen, Hear Our Voices is an important part. We are committed to assisting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities as they reclaim and revitalize their language, culture and heritage."
Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
A new Listen, Hear Our Voices funding cycle is under way for 2023–2024. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2023.
In 2021–2022, LAC provided $2.3 million to support 31 projects by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations throughout Canada as part of the Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative.
Since its creation in 2017, Listen, Hear Our Voices has provided $4.7 million to 75 projects across the country.
In April 2019, LAC launched a five-year action plan consisting of 28 actions to recognize Indigenous rights and increase access to its collection. Developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Advisory Circle, this plan represents LAC's response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and illustrates its commitment toward implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
To find out more about LAC's progress in advancing its commitments, consult the Indigenous Heritage Action Plan Implementation Progress Report on LAC's Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives website.
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