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National Indigenous History Month 2023

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Jun 21, 2023

National Indigenous History Month is commemorated each June to recognize and honour the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada, and all of their contributions - past and present.

Long before French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived in what is now Ottawa in the early 1600s, Indigenous Peoples had been living, meeting and trading in the area for thousands of years. Many strong nations with rich spiritual traditions evolved with this land, the plants and animals, with intelligent systems for land management, food gathering, and so much more.

Ottawa Public Library marks the National Indigenous History Month by organizing events across the month, being present at Ottawa Solstice Festival and engaging the Ottawa community with some learning opportunities of Indigenous languages.

In celebration of this month, check out the following programs:

  • For the month of June from June 1 to June 30, OPL is hosting an Indigenous History Month eRead, featuring Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. You can find both English (eBook and eAudio) and French (eBook).
  • OPL is also offering month long indigenous film festival. From June 6 to 27, OPL is partnering with the National Film Board of Canada to offer an online screening of a series of Canadian films which show the multiple facets of the Canadian 2SLGBTQIA+ and Indigenous communities, the diverse lives they live, and the many ways prejudice still impacts them every day. These films reflect the vastness and diversity of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, the Canadian population as a whole, and the many Indigenous nations who live, work and play on this land we call Canada. This program requires registration.
  • Turtle Island Indigenous Music Throughout the Ages. Ruth E. Dickinson Branch, Saturday June 10 2023, 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Indigenous Rattle Making Workshop. Orléans Branch, Saturday June 10, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • For our older adult clients, in partnership with Good Companions Senior Centre, OPL is happy to offer a Pow Wow Workout on June 14, at 11 AM.
  • On June 17 at 11 am, join us for a 1 hour, bilingual Jigging Dance Class at the Beaverbrook branch
    • and July 6 at 2 PM at the St Laurent branch.
  • A family friendly Pow Wow workout on Friday June 16 at St-Laurent from 2-3pm
  • Find the OPL’s Bookmobile participating in this year's in-person Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival on June 24, at the Madahoki Farm at 4420 West Hunt Club Rd
  • Finally, on June 26 at 6:00 PM join us virtually for an unforgettable evening of spoken word as Two-Spirit poet Tawahum Bige invites us to embrace the multiplicity of our identities, challenge the status quo, and reimagine a world where the intersection of queer and indigenous experiences takes center stage.

Check out the OPL Indigenous page and our staff blog page for recommended reads.

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We encourage you to take time to honour and learn about the many languages, cultures and immeasurable contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.


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by indigenous_library

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(Enfant) Indigène / (Kids) Indigenous (Partie 4)
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OPL – Indigenous eBooks and eAudiobooks – for teens
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National Indigenous History Month 2023 Juvenile
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National Indigenous History Month 2023 Teen
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National Indigenous History Month 2023 Adult
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