Monday, May 3, 2010

Digital Storytelling Project Enters Second Year

Rigolet community members have been sharing their stories in a way that hasn’t been seen before.

A pilot project, has been collecting their stories in a digital format.

Charlotte Wolfrey is the AngajuKak for the Rigolet Inuit Community Government (RICG).

She says the project is now in its second year.

The title of the project is fittingly “My Word.”

Wolfrey says an elder of the community had inspired the title.

The project is part of the “Climate change and adaption in Northern First Nation and Inuit communities program.”

Funding for the project comes from Health Canada.

So far, the staff of the “My Word” has collected 22 stories.

Those stories tell how climate change has affected resident’s health and lifestyles.

Wolfrey says the stories have been collected using a fully equipped media lab.

The project has held multiple workshops teaching residents to use the technology.

She says the project staff will continue to collect the stories of the residents in the coming months.

This project is the first of its kind.

In the future those involved with “My Word” will travel to other First Nations and Inuit communities to teach them how to use the equipment.

The information will also be available as a resource for researchers.

Wolfrey invites people to hear some of the stories that have been collected so far.

Those interested can visit

She would also like to extend an invitation to residents of Rigolet to share their stories with the staff of the project.

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