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Celebrate National Indigenous History Month at the Library!


June is National Indigenous History Month (NIHM), and OPL invites you to celebrate and explore with us!


NIHM is a great opportunity to learn more about Indigenous cultures, history, and literature. Read, learn, or view works from our collection of books, films and music by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors and artists.


We have planned these following events to celebrate National Indigenous History Month in our branches and we hope you will join us:


Main branch, 1st floor

Saturday, June 16, 2018

3 – 4 pm


Bring your family to celebrate National Indigenous History Month with award-winning folk duo Twin Flames! Join us for a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic in English, French and Inuktitut.


Details about the Twin Flames Performance



Join Janice Oolayou from the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre to learn and use embroidery skills with a large, safe needle to decorate a wall hanging with an Inukshuk design.  Everyone will take home their decorated wall hanging.

Saturday, June 30, 10:30-11:30 am


For children 6-12 and their parents. Register or drop-in.


Register for Make an Inukshuk Wall Hanging



   As part of our role in reconciliation, we work throughout the year to increase awareness of Indigenous cultures, history, literature and residential school experience in the Library and for the general public.


We have been fortunate to host many Indigenous authors to read and speak to thousands of students in schools across the city.  Authors Larry Loyie, Jan Bourdeau Waboose, Michael Kusugak, Leo Yerxa, Waubgeshig Rice, David Alexander Robertson, David Bouchard, Chad Solomon, and Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, have fostered new understanding about Indigenous experiences by sharing their stories.


In addition, we hosted residential school survivor Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and her daughter-in-law Christy Jordan-Fenton, authors of Fatty Legs and other books, and brought their powerful multimedia presentation about Margaret’s residential school experience to numerous school groups and community audiences, as well as to Library employees.


We use technology to extend our reach and connect out-of-town Indigenous authors with OPL customers and members of the public. For example, last June, we organized an online Indigenous Book Club, featuring live chats with Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Métis author of The Outside Circle, Innu author and editor of Amun, Michel Jean, as well as with Vera Wabegijig, a nishnaabe poet, blogger, anishnaabe language enthusiast. This May, we facilitated a Skype to classroom session with Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton who discussed Margaret’s residential school experience with a group of students.


Also key to our efforts toward reconciliation is the work we do and the relationships we build with Indigenous partners to connect local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to library services.


We invite you again to celebrate National Indigenous History Month with us! Discover our collection of Indigenous works or join us for Indigenous programs and events.