UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22

17/02/2021

Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club Conversation with Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber

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Join us for this live, online discussion with editor and author Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber  (Metis, Cree, Scottish, and German) in conversation with playwright, director and dramaturg Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) to discuss our February Indigenous Book Club selection Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber (Editor), Kathleen Irwin (Editor), Moira J. Day (Editor) .The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live.  

Register to receive reminders and the Facebook Live link.

Reflection questions will be shared on the library's blog about the the book Performing Turtle Island and on the NAC's Facebook Event page . Feel free to engage and share your thoughts about the book throughout the month!

Borrow the book from the library  Or purchase it from these Indigenous owned and operated bookstores.

 

Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club series is a partnership between the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre and the Ottawa Public Library.

With thanks to sponsors:

  • Indigenous Programming (NAC): The Slaight Family Foundation, TD Ready Commitment
  • Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (OPL)

About the book 

Following the Final Report on Truth and Reconciliation, Performing Turtle Island investigates theatre as a tool for community engagement, education, and resistance.

Understanding Indigenous cultures as critical sources of knowledge and meaning, each essay addresses issues that remind us that the way to reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples is neither straightforward nor easily achieved. Comprised of multidisciplinary and diverse perspectives, Performing Turtle Island considers performance as both a means to self-empowerment and self-determination, and a way of placing Indigenous performance in dialogue with other nations, both on the lands of Turtle Island and on the world stage.

About the editors

Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber is from oskana kâ-asastêki and is an associate professor of Indigenous literatures at First Nations University of Canada in Regina. He is the editor of kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly and the writer and producer of the Making Treaty 4 performance project. 

Kathleen Irwin is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina. 

Moira J. Day is a professor of drama at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also serves as an adjunct member of Women's and Gender Studies, and the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Unit. She lives in Edmonton.