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October 18, 2013

Technology and Culture

By David Ng

Over the past few months, the Hello Cool World team has had the privilege of working with the First Nations Technology Council - an organization dedicated to building capacity and increasing accessibility to technology for First Nations communities throughout British Columbia. We're thrilled that the Technology Council has come on board as a community partner for our book 'Picturing Transformation, Nexw'ayantsut' which they have featured on their portal site.

Our work with FNTC began when we were invited to the #STRONG2013 conference back in May, where we did media engagement (i.e tweeting, blogging and posting to Facebook!) a photoshoot and video interviews. We produced three short films out of the conference footage we shot, that describe FNTC's goals.

I've been really amazed to see the innovative ways that technology is being used to preserve language and culture.  The issues of language and culture have been in the media lately, with the ongoing Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commissions that are happening all around the country.  The Commission is mandated to facilitate healing across the country, from the scars of the Indian Residential School system, in which the government forcibly removed First Nations children from their homes and forced them into schools, where they were assimilated, and where Aboriginal language and culture was illegal.

Organizations like the FNTC, and First Voices, are using technology to preserve languages that have been lost through the legacy residential school system.  First Nations languages in Canada are severely endangered, and the work that FNTC does to build capacity and increase access in communities, contributes to the preservation of language and culture.

Check out the videos below!

Tag(s): Aboriginal, Language and Culture, Media Activism, Marketing, Peace and Justice Issues, Poverty and Economic Justice

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