I am not sure how we all missed this site but it is another excellent resource.  In module 2 there were some readings related to Aboriginal groups and their use of discussion boards but throughout the course I rarely found “active” discussion boards with frequent, new content. is definitely a site with an active an active First Nations community.  Among their newest topics are concepts concerning:

I have given many of the posts a quick read and they provide an interesting insight into current issues facing first nations people.

The site also offers some great links to other websites, some of which have been previously mentioned here.

November 30, 2009   No Comments

Module 3 Entry #4


A website I came across while researching The White House Tribal Nations Conference. This site is a 24-7 news and communication tools for First Nations people. Links include:

Rezreels : a link which allows people to share their story digitally. Their focus is on Indian youth and getting their story out using modern film making tools. This initiative is a joint effort between MyTribeTV and the US Interior’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

MyTribe Education:  a partnership again with US IOIEED to create opportunities for distance education fo Indian people

November 5, 2009   No Comments

Module 2 Weblog #4 (A. Davidson)

Vanishing Voices

Description and Relevancy

This is a link to the digital version of the Calgary Herald which is currently featuring a 3 part series on the struggle to protect vanishing and extinct First Nations languages in Southern Alberta.  I thought it quite timely for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the first article examines the perspective of technology and language for these endangered languages at several points. Secondly considering the Robert Harding article in our current module, that examines constructed stereotypes of Aboriginal people in newsprint media, I examined the article closely to detect any of the stereotypes that Harding and previous studies identified.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 (Will Update)

October 11, 2009   No Comments

Module 1 Weblog #2 (Al Davidson)

First Nations Technology Council

Description & Relevance

This site outlines the Mission, Mandate, Goals and the organizational  structure  of the  British Columbia First Nations Technology Council. The relevance of this organization and supporting partnerships to our focus in Module 1 of ETEC 521 is significant, pasrticularly when considering the mission “supporting the full integration of technologies to improve the quality of life for l First Nations in BC,” progressive goals, and support for technology integration which highlight the values of the First Nations Technology Council. In the first module we are asking ‘big questions’ about the paradoxes between indigeneity and technology. When exploring the ambitious and benevolent efforts of this council it seems as if the potential negatives and consequences of technology integration into first nations communities are not at issue. Regardless, the site itself is excellent and contains many links to partners and associated sites that explore the use of and connections between First Nations, technlogy, and education.

Links and Features

There are too many links to list but here are some that have strong connections to our course of study

  •  From the Community Applications page is a link to a documentary titled “Cedar and Silicon” which explores the process of bringing technology to a First Nations community.
  • The Youth Cafe page links to a number of related sites as well as a Film Festival in part supported by the First Nations Technology Council.[youtube][/youtube]


September 20, 2009   No Comments

Module 1: weblog #1 (Chantal Drolet)

Open Anthropology: Internet Indigeneity & Anthropological Advocacy

Resources available:

Open Anthropology Video Collection 

On YouTube:

Also on YouTube:

Links to other sites:

Usefulness for research on Indigenous knowledge, media, and community reality:

This site offers an impressive bibliography, some with detailed abstracts, including:

  • Barnard, Alan. (2006). Kalahari revisionism, Vienna and the ‘Indigenous Peoples’ debate. Social Anthropology 14(1): 1-16.
  • Beteille, Andre. (1998). The idea of indigenous people. Current Anthropology 39(2) April: 187-191.
  • Biolsi, Thomas, and Larry J. Zimmerman, eds. (1997). Indians and anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr., and the critique of anthropology. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Furthermore, there is a wide variety of links to projects related to Indigenous issues and perspectives, such as:


September 19, 2009   No Comments