Logistics, Checklists, and Resources for Digital Storytelling Facilitators

Resources and References

Residential Schools Resources

Aboriginal Healing Foundation is a national organization dedicated to providing resources to promote reconciliation and encourage and support Aboriginal people and their communities in building and reinforcing sustainable healing processes that address the legacy of residential schools, including intergenerational impacts.

Recommended Resources

  • Residential School Resources, including a condensed timeline of residential-school related events; a directory of residential schools in Canada; the AHF posters on misconceptions of residential school, stages of healing, and the healer/helper; and a directory of funding sources for healing activities.

Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Aboriginal organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness and understanding about the legacy of residential schools, including the effects and intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Recommended Resources

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is a national organization dedicated to supporting the truth telling, healing and reconciliation process, as part of an overall holistic and comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy and acknowledgement of both the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal peoples and the need for continued healing.

Recommended Resources

Where are the Children? is dedicated to healing the legacy of residential schools by providing an interactive voice to the untold stories of Aboriginal boys and girls who attended residential schools in Canada between 1831 and 1990.

Digital Storytelling Resources

Centre for Digital Storytelling is an American based organization that supports people in creating and sharing meaningful stories from their lives, through a combination of thoughtful writing and digital media tools.

Digital Storytelling is an American based best practices site that supports digital storytelling projects in educational settings, by providing information about funding sources, technology, project publication, and recommended websites for developing digital storytelling programs.

nDigiDreams is an American based, Indigenous focused consulting and training company that specializes in instructional technology and digital storytelling focused on health, education, policy, and cultural preservation.

Silence Speaks is an international digital storytelling initiative that supports the telling and witnessing of stories that all too often remain unspoken. Sponsored by the Centre for Digital Storytelling, Silence Speaks enables people to create short videos about their own lives that
can then be shared locally and globally.

Vimeo is an international video sharing site where people can create, share and watch hundreds of creative, amazing and inspiring videos.

WordPress.com is an international site where people can start a blog or build their own website to share their digital stories with the world.

YouTube is an international video sharing site where people can view, discover, share, personalize and upload videos.

Tools for Creating Digital Stories

Adobe offers a variety of video editing products, for free download, trial download and purchase, including Photoshop and Premier Elements.

Audacity is a sound editor with versions for Apple OS X, Windows and Linux.

Gimp is a free image editing program for Linux, Unix, Windows and Apple computers.

iMovie is a movie making software included with Apple OS X.

InAlbum is a unique slideshow maker available for free download and use on older versions of Windows.

MovieMaker is a movie making software included with Windows XP.

Photo Story is a compelling slide show making software available for free download and use on Windows XP computers from Microsoft.

QuickTime and QuickTime Pro is media player software available for free download and use on Apple and Windows computers.

Photos and Images

flickr is a free stock photo site.

openphoto is a royalty-free stock photo and illustration site.

stock.XCHNG is a free stock photo site.

Creative Commons Licenses offers licensed photographs, music, clip art etc.

Music and Sound

Free-Loops.com is a royalty-free site for free music, sounds, music software and VST Plugins.

freeSFX is a free music and sound effects site.

Opsound is a free music site.

SoundFX Now! is a free music and sound site.

Free Music Archive is a library of licensed audio downloads for public use.