Our goal.

This four-year grant-funded project will oversee the development and launch of a digital library infrastructure for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and Canada's north.


At a practical and local level, our project will contribute to the development of a digital library platform and community-driven metadata standard to support information organization, access and retrieval. The resulting product can function as a model for northern, remote, and/or rural regions, eventually forming a pan-Canadian system.

At a broader level, our project represents the following long-term social benefits:

  • The enhancement of Canada’s digital content advantage, especially for a sector of society (i.e., Canada’s north) that currently experiences barriers to participate in digital economy
  • The engagement with partners in the North—such as the ICRC—in exploring opportunities to impact lives and cultures in a positive way
  • The development of a digital library infrastructure to support widespread dissemination of digital content and media
Flag of Inuvik First Nations, source: By Xasartha (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons University of Alberta

The top image, created by Xasartha (Wikimedia Commons), represents the Flag of Inuvik in the NWT of Canada, and of the Inuvik First Nation, which consists of Gwich'in Native Americans and Inuvialuit Inuit.