NHDS Secretariat Transferred to CRKN

The National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) are pleased to announce that the NHDS Steering Committee has voted to officially transfer the NHDS Secretariat to CRKN. The vote was made at the September 23, 2020 meeting of the NHDS Steering Committee, and the transfer takes effect immediately.

This decision comes after an announcement in June 2020 that the NHDS and CRKN were exploring the future of the NHDS Secretariat. As part of the Secretariat transfer, the NHDS Steering Committee will be reviewing its governance structure. The NHDS is also planning a community consultation to update its mandate and business plan.  Launched in 2016, the NHDS is a coalition of memory institutions working together to leverage expertise and resources to support the digitization, preservation, and discovery of Canadian documentary heritage. Secretariat support for the NHDS was previously provided by Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada will continue to be an active member and supporter of the NHDS.

CRKN’s heritage content program has been closely informed by the work of the NHDS. CRKN’s Executive Director, Clare Appavoo, has been a member of the NHDS Steering Committee since its inception.

For more information, or any questions or comments, please contact:

Rebecca Ross
Senior Director, Strategy and Engagement

Funding Opportunity – Digitization of Indigenous Audiovisual Material

News Release: Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

As we move forward on the path of reconciliation, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is supporting Indigenous communities as they seek to preserve and make accessible their existing audio and video heritage for future generations.

Through its Listen, Hear Our Voices (LHOV) initiative, LAC is providing up to $60,000 per project to eligible First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation organizations to support their efforts to identify, digitize and preserve Indigenous language recordings, and build digitization and preservation capacity in their communities.

Indigenous organizations are encouraged to submit applications until noon on December 11, 2020 (Pacific Standard Time). Interested parties can find guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form on the Listen, Hear Our Voices<https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/initiatives/listen/Pages/funding1.aspx> web page. Archivists, based in traditional territories, are available to provide advice and support with funding applications.

An Indigenous review committee, external to LAC and comprised of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation representatives from across Canada, will assess applications and make recommendations for funding.

As part of the initiative’s first call for applications, 31 Indigenous organizations across the country received funding to digitize their recordings and build skills and resources within their communities to preserve their history. The list of recipients for the 2019-20 call for proposals is available on the Listen, Hear Our Voices (Contribution funding recipients 2019-20)<https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/initiatives/listen/Pages/funding-recipients-2019-2020.aspx> web page.

The Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative is part of the Indigenous documentary heritage initiatives<https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/initiatives/Pages/default.aspx>, which were developed in 2017 to increase access to Indigenous-related content in LAC’s collection and to support Indigenous communities in their efforts to preserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation cultures and languages.

For more information, see the full news release here: https://www.canada.ca/en/library-archives/news/2020/10/library-and-archives-canada-provides-funding-to-support-first-nations-inuit-and-metis-nation-culture-and-language-recordings.html

Joint NHDS & CRKN Workshop on Documentary Heritage

On October 16, 2018, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) welcomed 124 attendees to SFU’s Segal Building for an afternoon of learning, sharing, and discussion on the future of digitization, access, and preservation of Canada’s documentary heritage.

A summary of the workshop has been posted on the CRKN website. This summary also includes links to the presentation slides and video recordings of the keynote address and panel.

The discussions during the workshop will allow CRKN and the NHDS to better meet community and user needs. We look forward to continuing these discussions.