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How Could The TBPL Use ICTs To Improve Access and Services for First Nation, Inuit and Metis People

The Thunder Bay Public Library could improve public access to knowledge by developing a mobile application that makes digital resources accessible to First Nation, Inuit, Métis people in Thunder Bay.

The Library could provide culturally relevant information, services and opportunities to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people of Thunder Bay by creating an app that makes use of their local knowledge.

The library could use ICTs to help promote the cultural wealth of First Nation, Inuit and Metis languages by developing a mobile application that creates an online platform for sharing stories and digital content. The goal of the app is to make information on Indigenous culture and services accessible for people who don't know about them.

The app would include information on a broad range of cultural issues including the declining health of Indigenous languages and the need for access to culture-based maternity care.

I also believe that technology has the potential to support vulnerable populations including those currently in the child welfare system, people with mental illness, people leaving the provincial correctional system and the homeless population.


How could the ICTs tools of our library make use of community knowledge?

The Library could create a mobile application that uses ICT tools to better communicate with the community. This would help them get information from people in Thunder Bay. It would allow people to build knowledge through our library using their own language, food, history and culture. Again, we could also create an online platform for stories and digital content about the First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities in Thunder Bay which would help us share stories with other peoples around the world interested in what is going on here (including those who live elsewhere).

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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