Tell us about your partnerships
First Peoples’ Cultural Council‘s work has developed strong partnerships with provincial, national and international partners, including the 70+ First Nations communities in Canada, the USA and Australia who have entrusted us with the safekeeping of their priceless linguistic heritage. Other important partners include the New Relationship Trust, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, LanguageGeek.com, Tavultesoft and Artscii.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
First Nations languages spill over provincial and national borders and so we are interested in efforts to support these regardless of their geographic boundaries.
Recently FirstVoices has been gaining considerable acclaim internationally and other Indigenous peoples world-wide are expressing interest in using the tools and technologies produced. Although this would appear to be a revenue generating proposition we have decided that since Indigenous people are typically the world's most marginalized people we have striven to provide this for free or below cost.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Key to FirstVoices’ 11-year success is the combination of strong partnerships and accountability. Our community partnerships are forged with grass roots language champions determined to help their languages survive. The professional training, linguistic and technical support delivered by the FirstVoices team ensures the success of the community champions. All content uploaded to FirstVoices is logged by the database, allowing the FPCC team to monitor progress and schedule milestone payments accordingly. The resulting high level of transparency and accountability holds strong appeal for our funding partners. Our other key success is our high level of technical innovation in a very specialized field.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We support the sharing of our tools, innovations and ideas as widely as possible. Conversely we need to increase our capacity to provide the intense community development for First Nations communities to ensure that languages are being archived and that revitalized is facilitated.