Indigenous voices at Library and Archives Canada
GATINEAUQC, March 17, 2022 /CNW/ – As we begin the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, LAC invites you to discover the diversity of the histories, languages and cultures of Indigenous peoples by consulting Nation to Nation: Indigenous Voices at Library and Archives Canadaan interactive multimedia e-book featuring essays written by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation staff.
This eBook highlights the unique stories and perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation. It builds on two Indigenous documentary heritage initiatives at LAC: We are here: sharing stories and Listen, listen to our voices.
Presented primarily in the Indigenous languages spoken by the people depicted in each essay, the e-book features personal interpretations of a wide range of archival and published material digitized as part of the We Are Here: Sharing Stories initiative. The Aboriginal-related collectibles were selected by the authors and include newspapers, maps, artwork, photographs, publications, and audio-visual recordings.
The eBook contains 28 essays in the following languages and dialects, along with English and French versions:
First Nations: Anishinaabemowin, Anishinabemowin, Denesųłiné, Kanien’kéha, Mi’kmaq, nêhiyawêwin and Nishnaabemowin
Inuit: Inuttut and Inuktitut (Roman spelling and syllabics)
Métis Nation: Michif Legacy
This exciting resource offers a unique reading experience and insight into a selection of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation documentary heritage materials found in LAC’s collections. It is also a particularly timely document to consult, as it aligns with the mandate of the UNESCO-designated International Decade of Indigenous Languages, which emphasizes the human rights of users of indigenous languages. .
“This initiative is a demonstration of our commitment to supporting the efforts of Indigenous peoples to recover, revitalize, maintain and strengthen their languages and cultures. Not only does it build bridges with new generations in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities, but it also helps educate the entire country about the languages and ancestral traditions of Indigenous peoples before part of this land is not known as Canada.”
The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I am simply amazed by the amount of effort, passion and genuine collaboration demonstrated by everyone involved in this project, from the Indigenous authors at Library and Archives Canada to the translators and project coordinators. Truth and reconciliation can only happen when there is openness, respect and an understanding of the past and present of Indigenous peoples. Hearing these stories from Indigenous peoples themselves, in their own words, is one step on this path.
Leslie Weirlibrarian and archivist of Canada
A virtual chat with three authors of the e-book Nation to Nation: Indigenous Voices at Library and Archives Canada was featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair, an international event bringing together publishing industry professionals from around the world, with Canada actively participating as a guest of honor in 2021.
LAC is committed to including different perspectives and stories both in its collection and in the national discourse. Some recent examples include the $14.9 million invested in helping Indigenous communities increase access to Indigenous content in LAC’s collection and supporting Indigenous communities in their efforts to preserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage, through two heritage initiatives Indigenous documentary: We Are Here: Sharing Stories and Listening, Hear Our Voices.
Additionally, the government of from Canada The 2021 budget allocated LAC another $14.9 million over four years to support the preservation of Indigenous heritage through LAC.
About Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada’s mandate is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a perennial source of knowledge accessible to all, thus contributing to the cultural, social and economic progress of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates cooperation between communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and dissemination of knowledge, and serves as the permanent memory of the government of Canada and its establishments.
Library and Archives Canada is online at www.bac-lac.gc.ca.
SOURCE Library and Archives Canada
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