We are excited to announce that phase 3 of this project is now underway.
Our Research and Development department recently launched the Traditional First Nation Community Names Map. This print (phase 1) and interactive (phase 2) resource is an educational tool used to teach others about the history, culture and languages of the five distinct First Nations language groups in Manitoba – Cree, Ojibwe, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota and Dene. Another goal of the project is to highlight the fact that community residents have always referred to their homelands in their own language, before they were identified in English. The interactive version of the map uses videos featuring community members saying the traditional name of their home in their own language and where that name comes from.
Now, we are beginning phase 3 of the project. This phase will add yet another informative feature to the interactive map – videos with residents talking about the history of their community as they remember it, as well as how the community has changed during their lifetime, important events, and people who made an impact on the development of their community. We recently conducted our first set of interviews and already the knowledge gathered has been invaluable. Since many of the interviewees are Elders, it is the kind of information that absolutely needs to be recorded, taught and shared with others.
Please keep an eye on our website as we will provide further updates on this project. Also, if you or someone you know has knowledge of your community’s history, and would like to be featured in one of the videos please contact: Valerie Bighetty at 202-594-1290, firstname.lastname@example.org.