"Travelling long stretches of road to remote destinations, they may very well look like any other recreational vehicles on Quebec’s open highways — but they are not. Racking up thousands of kilometres to reach small, aboriginal communities and reserves past Sept-Îles, Chibougamau or Schefferville, these RVs are on a mission: Wapikoni mobile is a studio on wheels."
This week, a special edition of Spark - Host Nora Young and co-host Duncan McCue of CBC TV’s The National, look at the ways Aboriginal Canadians are using digital technology to explore identity and build culture.
"A new smartphone language app has been launched to change the way the Iwaidja language is being recorded and to help save it. Ma! Iwaidja is the first phone app for an Australian indigenous language."
Source: ICTMN Staff, Indian Country Today Media Network
OTTAWA - Research by Ottawa-based consultant Anne Taylor suggests that aboriginal peoples are embracing social media in surprising numbers.
-- The tendency for aboriginal peoples to use social media was at least as high as for the general population.
— Exact numbers are hard to come by, but networks set up to serve local communities are quickly flooded by users of all kinds, especially youth.
— They use social media to keep in touch with remote friends and family, fight addictions, sustain endangered languages and practices, promote environmental stewardship, engage in politics and promote culture.
— Some elders and leaders are concerned that intense use of social media will erode aboriginal culture and language.
— Many remote communities still lack broadband access, inhibiting their use of social media.
There seem to be a rash of graphic novels out lately, and more are on the horizon. And now, they seem to be following their texty cousins into the digital realm.
In the latest twist, Drawn & Quarterly, the Canadian graphic novel publisher, will digitize two graphic works by cartoonist Chester Brown, the industry trade magazine Publisher’s Weekly reports. One of them is Brown’s well-known account of the Métis hero Louis Riel’s life.