The Yellowknife Library is hosting a two-day digital storytelling workshop in collaboration with Digital NWT.
The free class runs from Saturday March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Sunday March 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“The goal of the course is to improve digital literacy and empower participants to tell their unique stories,” said Brad Cremasco, Public Services Librarian, Yellowknifer.
“The course is designed to encourage indigenous people to record their traditions, as many are passed down orally,” said Cremasco, who will help DigitalNWT manage the library space and equipment for the course.
Each participant is equipped with a microphone and headphones and takes their work home on a USB key.
“The storytelling lesson is structured around the analogy of setting up a canvas tent,” Cremasco said.
The tent analogy is presented through six short videos highlighting key aspects of digital storytelling, featuring Dëneze Nakehk’o, Jennie Vandermeer, Pat Kane, Kyle Napier, Jacey Firth-Hagen and Leanne Goose – who was also one of the course developers.
Part of the course is explained through illustrations by Nigit’stil Norbert.
“It’s a hands-on concept that starts with developing an idea, a storyboard, then learning how to record, then editing the basics,” Cremasco said.
Computers for Schools will provide each participant with a laptop and accessories to take home and use to further develop their ideas.
This is the first time the course has been offered in person at YPL.
Cremasco says Covid-19 health restrictions limited the group to online classes, which she called “difficult”.
The workshop will end with a screening of the student’s work and a discussion.
“I hope participants of this course will gain confidence in using computers and storytelling so that they are better able to share their knowledge and experiences with a wider community through technology.”
Places are still available in this course. Email [email protected] to register.