Digital storytelling is a short (2-5 minutes) personal story created by combining a recorded narrative with images, music or other sounds. One popular example of these are oral histories, but they can use any form of media.
Digital storytelling lets creators share what's important or meaningful to them, no matter how big or small. It shares a perspective or a personal experience of a historical event which might add a different dimension to the traditional narrative. It provides the chance to learn about one another, building stronger relationships and understanding within and across our communities.
A Canada 150 Digital Storytelling Project
At Edmonton Public Library, we share stories and we hope to inspire all Edmontonians to share their stories with us. Edmontonians reflected on and preserved stories of the people, places and events that have shaped our country since 1867 and uploaded them to Vimeo.
This initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Stories from Indigenous Edmonton
The Edmonton Public Library introduces Voices of Amiskwaciy—a digital public space to share Indigenous stories, a first for a public library in Canada.
Voices of Amiskwaciy is an initiative that supports the community to create, share, discover and celebrate local Indigenous content online. EPL will support the skill-building needed for communities and groups who would like to create and manage their own collections and learn how to do digital storytelling.
It is guided by the values of ongoing consultation and collaboration with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation. This website will be accessible to all Canadians and will provide the opportunity for dialogue in the reconciliation process.
Voices of Amiskwaciy is a space owned by the Indigenous community. Amiskwaciy is short form of amiskwaciy-wâskahikan, which translates to “Beaver Hills” in Cree and refers to the Edmonton region.
Voices of Amiskwaciy has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.
Everyone has a story to tell! EPL invites you to share your stories, to help showcase the rich and diverse history and experience of Edmontonians. Here's how you can get involved.
EPL is seeking to collaborate with Indigenous communities and individuals in sharing materials on the site, working on related projects and creating in-branch programming. We will work together to gather, host and share stories, text, videos, sound files and images.
Connect with EPL at VoicesofAmiskwaciy@epl.ca.
Record Your Story
Use any video recording device, or borrow a Digital Storytelling kit for FREE with your Library card. Shoot your video against a green screen, record your voice or edit your video at one of EPL's Makerspace locations.