Digitization Project Announcement

Dear Cowessess First Nation membership,

Are you interested in preserving your photos?

Do you have an old box filled with photographs? Do you remember the 70’s photo album? Do you have black-and-white photos you want to preserve for your grandchildren?

Photographs lose quality over time. Alternatively, they can be damaged due to water spills, torn edges, misplacing them, or worse–losing your photographs. Cowessess First Nation is undertaking a Digitization Project to safeguard photos in digital form of students who attended Marieval Residential School up to 1997. Our team will also digitize your black-and-white family photos in order to preserve those images for future generations.

The Digitization Project will create a secure webpage on the Cowessessfn website. With your consent, the digitized photos will be uploaded to the site that will include photo names, the year, and the event that was happening.

In the end, the webpage will be a timeline of digital photos of Cowessess membership up to 1997 when Marieval closed; and will include family photos of Cowessess membership.

Two Cowessess members, Annette M. Frazier (Sparvier family) and Eleanor Agecoutay lead the Digitization Project. The combined experiences of these two women will ensure the Digitization Project captures the history of families and events at Cowessess First Nation for future generations to embrace.

Annette M. Frazier and Eleanor Agecoutay

This project was realized as part of the Library and Archives Canada Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative / Ce projet a été réalisé dans le cadre de l’initiative Écoutez pour entendre nos voix de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.