An audio cassette digitization program proposed by Lil’wat Nation and the Lil’wat7ul Culture Centre (LCC) has just been awarded $10,000 from Indigitization, a B.C. based collaborative initiative between Indigenous communities and organizations, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Museum of Anthropology, Northern BC Archives (UNBC), and the School for Library, Archival and Information Studies, to facilitate capacity building in Indigenous information management.
The project aims to address the loss of traditional ways of knowing that has come about from residential schools, colonialism and cultural assimilation.
This project will help uncover and preserve community knowledge, words and stories of Elders, ultimately assisting Lil’wat in their bold steps towards self-governance and self-determination.
Lil’wat was one of four successful recipients of funding from the program, along with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (@Canoecreekband) and Skeetchestn Indian BandNatural Resources LLP!