Voices of Amiskwaciy is a digital public space that supports the community to create, share, discover and celebrate local Indigenous content online. With the support of Canada 150 grant funding, Edmonton Public Library has worked to develop this initiative in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous communities and individuals in Edmonton. Voices of Amiskwaciy is a space owned by the Indigenous community.
The values that underpin this initiative were formed through several community discussions and consultations, including a pipe ceremony led by Elder Wilson Bearhead. The process has been fluid and responsive to community feedback. This includes all development aspects of the website, programming, outreach and communications with Indigenous communities.
In this video, Elder Wilson Bearhead shares his thoughts on the genesis of the Voices of Amiskwaciy project and its value for Edmonton's Indigenous communities.