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Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT)

Just a note to let you know that the Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) has launched a new website. If you are not familiar with the NAPT, they “share Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media”.  You can subscribe to their RSS feed or email newsletter, visit their blogs or discussion forum, and become a fan of their Facebook page or MySpace pageIf you’re looking for some good resources for your library collection, be sure to check out VisionMaker Video, a service of the NAPT.


Aboriginal Film Festivals – Put up an announcement at your library today!

For some strange reason I’ve been thinking a lot about spring, summer and fall lately! It must be the freezing cold weather here in Winnipeg! Anyhow, when I think about the seasons without snow I am reminded of all of the great entertainment. There are the folk festivals, concerts, heritage events, outdoor plays and much, much more. Did I forget to mention the Aboriginal film festivals?! No way! Now those provide GREAT entertainment.

Though many of these festivals are yet months away, I thought I’d compile and share a list of them on my blog…just in case you want to start saving your money to attend one of them or to create an announcement to post at your library.  If I’ve missed one, please let me know.



United States

Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund

“was founded ten years ago with the goal of supporting endangered language preservation and documentation projects. Our main mechanism for supporting work on endangered languages has been funding grants to individuals, tribes, and museums. ELF’s 97 grants have promoted work in over 30 countries and have seen a wide range of projects, from the development indigenous radio programs in South Dakota, to recording of the last living oral historian of the Shor language of western Siberia, to the establishment of orthographies and literacy materials to be used by endangered language teaching programs all over the world.” (text taken directly from the website) 

I stumbled on this site while doing one thing that I love…surfing!! Anyhow, not only do they have a 2009 Call for Proposals, they also have a nice list of resources on Indigenous language revitalization and a language archive.

Library programming for Aboriginal peoples

Public libraries are increasingly developing and delivering programs for Aboriginal peoples. Has your library developed any? If so, what has been developed? What segment of the Aboriginal community were you hoping to reach? Have your programs been well attended by the Aboriginal community?

Can I get your feedback?

Help keep the John Tetso Memorial Library open!

Text taken directly from NationTalk

January 13, 2009

The MLA for Nahendeh, Kevin Menicoche, would like to see the library in Fort Simpson remain open. The Deh Cho Hall, which is the current home of the John Tetso Memorial library, is scheduled to permanently close its doors next month. The Deh Cho Hall is an older building formally used for government offices, which are being relocated in February. Mr. Menicoche says, “A short-term solution is to continue housing the library in the Deh Cho Hall until the spring. This approach would provide more time to find a permanent space for it.”

Mr. Menicoche adds, “I have received many emails and phone calls from concerned citizens not wanting to see their library shut down. My constituents have been trying to find a solution on their own, but I think that the government should step-up to the plate and offer to find a solution. I have contacted the appropriate Ministers, but have yet to receive any positive response.”

Mr. Menicoche will be aggressively pursuing a viable solution during the Third Session of the Legislative Assembly which reconvenes on February 4, 2009.

For more information call:

Kevin Menicoche
MLA Nahendeh
P: 867-669-2294 or toll free 1-800-661-0784
F: 867-873-0276
E: kevin_menicoche@gov.nt.ca.

Proceedings from IFLA 2008 – Quebec – relating to Indigenous peoples

If you were in attendance at IFLA 2008, you would’ve experienced firsthand a wonderful selection of presentations on a range of interesting topics. A number of the presentations focused on Indigenous peoples, which was nice to see. Though copies of presentations were not made available by all presenters, below is a list of those that were provided to the public. Thanks go out to these presenters for sharing their information with us.