The Local and the Global

  1. The first resource I have looked at focuses on Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation. It is a compilation of youtube videos that was put together by my school district (SD no.27 Cariboo-Chilcotin, BC). Most of the videos collected are about our district and the First Nations groups there. This is a good resource because it has interviews from locals that survived residential schools, as well as videos about Orange Shirt day and what our district is doing now in attempt to right the wrongs that have been done. 
  2. The second resource that I looked at was a blog post from the Christensen Fund. This post talks about how technology was used to empower indigenous cultures around the world. How they used things such as cameras to document their culture and show the world how they actually live, their language, their customs, etc. rather than waiting for someone on the outside to inaccurately portray them. This blog post fits with my initial research paper idea, in that I wanted to know what impact technology can have in helping to preserve indigenous cultures and if they would be receptive to this. According to this post, one of “Ethiopia’s most isolated tribes – the Mursi” are excited about what technology can do to preserve their culture.
  3. The third source that I looked at was the Ethnos Project. They are  “a research initiative and resource database that explores the intersection of Indigeneity and information and communication technologies (ICTs).” The post that I was reading was title “The Impact of Digital Technology on Indigenous Peoples” ( and it gave an overview of some of the resources related to this topic, as well as a list of other resources. I found this a valuable resource to bookmark for my research paper as it not only provides additional sources to look at, but it also talks about the positive and negatives of Indigeneity and technology.
  4. The fourth source that I looked at was a wiki page made by UBC students in ETEC 510. I have some reservations about this source as to the authenticity of the information provided; it is their shared knowledge from research that they have done. That being said, I think that it is a good starting place as it touches on many aspects of Indigeneity and Technology, and also provides a lists of the resources that they used to make the site that I can then go to and look at myself.
  5. The fifth source that I looked at was a journal article written by Rebeka Tabobondung, University of Toronto titled “Indigenous Perspectives on Globalization: Self-Determination Through Autonomous Media Creation.” This article touches on how Indigenous peoples can use technology to self publish and preserve their culture, as well as regain “control of media representations of themselves” (p.2). While this is an interesting read about how Indigenous peoples can create an image for themselves in the digital world, I question the authenticity of the author as it is not know their credentials on this topic.

I hope that one or more of these resources can be helpful to you on your travels!


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