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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Voices Project

The goal of this project is to create accessible Indigenous authored and narrated audiobooks.  

If you are interested in narrating your own book, narrating someone else's book or you are a publisher of Indigenous authored titles and interested in accessible publishing please get in touch with us!  Email pamela.hart@bc.libraries.coop

Project Overview: 

The goal of this project is to create Indigenous authored and narrated accessible audiobooks.  To enable these productions this project is offering:

  • Portable recording kits sent to the narrator's home,

  • One on one training in recording and narration

  • Accessibility testers to evaluate and contribute to image descriptions

  • Standard audiobook narration wages

  • Publication of the finished audiobook as part of the NNELS repository (available to everyone with a print disabiility)

 

The Recording Kit:

This kit is available to anyone that is participating in the program depending on availability.  It is available with or without the IPAD, if the narrator needs a device to record onto. The instructions to using this kit can be found here: Recording Kit Instructions

  • 1 USB studio microphone
  • 1 iPad
  • 1 set of over ear headphones
  • Adaptors for use of microphone with PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone.

The Training:

  • Training Videos 
  • Accessible Audiobook Production Guidelines
  • One on one training and support from our Audiobook Recording Projects Coordinator.  These sessions will be held over video call allowing for screen sharing to troubleshoot any issues that may come up for the narrator. 
  • Guidance and support on best formatting practices and image descriptions.  NNELS also has a team of accessiblity testers that are able to assess and guide.

The Wages:

  • The narrator wages are $100 per finished audiohour.  For a beginner this works out to be about $30 per hour, and for a more experienced narrator about $50 per hour. 

Publication:

  • The finished accessible audiobook will be published on the NNELS repository making the book available to anyone with a perceptual disability.  To learn more about what constitutes a perceptual disabilitiy and the NNELS collections policy, follow this link: Collections Policy

Titles in Production:

  • The Blanket Toss under Midnight Sun, portraits of everyday life in eight different Indigenous communities

Titles needing Narrators:

If you are interested in narrating any of the titles please contact the Audiobook Projects Coordinator email

  • Awâsis and the world famous bannock, Dallas Hunt (Children's picture book, Cree) Link
  • Nimoshom and his bus, Penny, M Thomas (Children's picture book, Cree) Link
  • The Sockeye Mother, Brett D. huson (Children's picture book, Gitxsan) LInk
  • Not Your Princess, Edited by Lisa-Charleyboy and Mary-beth Leathdale (YA, short stories and poems, many nations represented) Link
  • Indigenous writes, A guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues in Canada, Chelsea Vowel. (Non-fiction) Link
  • The Inconveniant Indian: A curious account of native people in North America (Thomas King) Link