This ground-breaking initiative provides open access resources and community grants that support preserving Indigenous cultural heritage materials for future generations.


The Indigitization Program began in 2010 and has grown to be a collaborative effort between university partners, including the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and over 20 First Nations communities in BC.

The program’s main objective is to work with First Nations to build capacity in preserving traditional knowledge from older media formats held in their communities. The program offers them the training to clarify technical processes, to pinpoint conservation issues and to build policies for further uses of their ancestral archival collections; uses that they determine to be appropriate.

Program Highlights

  • Open access toolkit: In tandem with community partners, Indigitization has developed an openly accessible toolkit for First Nations and other communities interested in digitizing the wealth of their cultural materials.
  • Providing resources: Indigitization has provided grant funding, in-person training and access to digitization equipment for over 20 community-led projects.
  • Knowledge preservation: These projects across British Columbia have digitized thousands of tapes containing irreplaceable traditional knowledge.

For more information, please visit the Indigitization website.