A Transformational Multi-media Indigenous Publication to Explore During Indigenous History Month

Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020

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(VANCOUVER BC, June 22, 2020) After nearly a decade of development, UBC Press is excited to broadly announce the successful launch of RavenSpace, a new and inclusive model of digital publishing in Canada. At its core, RavenSpace centres on collaboration, respects Indigenous protocols, and uses digital tools in creative ways to make Indigenous knowledge accessible and shareable across communities and generations. It is also a place of Indigenous heritage revitalization.

As I Remember It: Teachings (ʔəms tɑʔɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder by Elsie Paul, with Davis McKenzie, Paige Raibmon, and Harmony Johnson, is the first full-length, web-based, media-rich RavenSpace publication.

“An eloquent and powerful work that highlights the possibilities of
transformational listening and immersive digital storytelling.”
—Susan Roy, University of Waterloo

Raised by her grandparents on their ancestral territory on the Sunshine Coast, Elsie Paul of the Tla’amin (Sliammon) Nation spent most of her childhood surrounded by the ways, teachings, and stories of her people. As her adult life unfolded against a backdrop of colonialism and racism, she drew strength and guidance from the teachings she had learned. In As I Remember It, she shares this knowledge with a new generation in an engaging style and innovative format.

RavenSpace Community Review

Tla’amin Nation & Powell River District Educators, December 2017, photo by Amber Ridington.

Created in collaboration with the assistance of interviewers, videographers, animators, curriculum experts, and even a drone operator, As I Remember It:

- includes short animated videos of legends and events;

- provides language and curriculum guides;

- uses Traditional Knowledge labels to help readers understand cultural protocols;

- presents Sliammon teachings in ways that respect how they have traditionally been shared; and

- was created for the Sliammon community, with permission and in-depth feedback from community members.

For further information or to arrange an interview with Davis McKenzie, please contact Kerry Kilmartin.

Explore As I Remember It and the RavenSpace platform.


Posted by Megan M.
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