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Ottawa Public Library Celebrates National Aboriginal History Month

May 20 2016

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will kick off National Aboriginal History Month by offering special workshops. The programs (details below) will be presented by Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) and they are free to attend.


Corn husk dolls, presented by Aboriginal Experiences

Participants will create dolls while listening to traditional Iroquois stories. For ages 6-9.

Saturday, May 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

St-Laurent  branch, 515 Côté


Symbolic animal paintings, presented by Peoples of the Longhouse

Participants will learn about the symbolism associated with animals and colours, then create a painting. For ages 4 and up.

Saturday, May 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Rosemount branch, 18 Rosemount


Medicine pouches, presented by Rhonda Doxtator

Participants will make a pouch and learn about the sacred medicines, the medicine wheel, and the seven grandfather teachings. For ages 8 and up. 

Saturday, June 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Beaverbrook branch, 2500 Campeau


Poupées de maïs, présenté par Mélodie Coutu

Les participants vont créer des poupées de maïs utilisant les techniques traditionnelles et contemporaines partagées par l’artiste.  Pour les 6 à 12 ans.

Samedi, le 6 juin, 10h à 11h15, 11h25 à 12h40, 12h45 à 14h

Succursale Vanier, 310 Pères Blancs


Throughout the month of June, the OPL will celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis history, cultures, and traditions by promoting books written by Indigenous authors.  The Indigenous Book Club initiative will take place on OPL social media platforms - stay tuned and follow hashag #IndigenousReads.

For more information and to register, visit


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