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.
Share Your Story!
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.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Borrow a digital storytelling kit for free, which includes digital audio recorder to tell your story.
- Attend a digital storytelling workshop in-branch
- Shoot a video against a green screen or edit a video already shot at EPL Makerspace.
- Record your own sound (voice or music) at Enterprise Square or Whitemud Crossing branches’ soundbooths.
- Be part of the creation process, connect with EPL VoicesofAmiskwaciy@epl.ca.
The Voices of Amiskwaciy digital public space is currently in development and will launch with contributed content this coming fall.