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National Aboriginal History Month

June is National Aboriginal History Month and it is an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Leo Yerxa is an Ojibway author and artist whose beautiful books have been awarded the Governor General Literary Award for Children’s Literature, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award as well as the Mr. Christie's Book Award. He will be bringing stunning original artwork from his books  Ancient Thunder and  Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall to his presentation.

Ojibwa author, illustrator and puppeteer, Chad Solomon will share his puppet show Rabbit and Bear Paws: Council of the Animals. The story is based on a traditional Aboriginal tale featured in his graphic novel Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws series the Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws. The show provides families with a fun and engaging way to learn more about Aboriginal culture in Canada.

The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre has created a wonderful family program complete with Inuit storytelling, culture and music. Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the North so this is a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy their culture.

Programs by Aboriginal Experiences are always popular and entertaining. This talented team of local artists invite families to join them in an exploration of Aboriginal culture through traditional drumming and dance.

Pinock, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation,  is a gifted craftsman of canoes, toboggans, cradleboards, paddles and drums. In this French language program he will talk about the importance of the birch bark canoe to First Nations people and help each participant create their own.

St-Laurent, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Greenboro, Ruth E Dickinson and Centennial branches will also be receiving Inuit artifacts for their display cases in partnership with the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre.

To see programs available at your branch, click here.