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  • Graphic of 4 adults smiling together

    Wednesday Jun 26, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Join us for a workshop from The Council on Aging of Ottawa / Le Conseil sur le vieillissement d'Ottawa.  Participants will explore what’s involved (practically, emotionally, and financially) in continuing to live independently with services and supports.  This will include an overview of common needs, available options, and financial considerations.

  • Coffee cups with smiley faces to invite people to come for coffee and meet people

    Wednesdays, Jun 26, 2024 - Dec 18, 2024
    2:00pm
    120 minutes

    7 sessions remaining

    Un p’tit brin de jasette, ça vous dit ? Vous êtes invités à notre café.

    Chaque dernier mercredi du mois, de 14 h à 15 h :

    26 juin, 31 juillet, 28 août, 18 septembre (exceptionnellement), 30 octobre, 27 novembre, 18 décembre (exceptionnellement) 

    Du thé et du café seront offerts. Programme portes ouvertes.

    Succ. Gloucester nord, 2036 ch. Ogilvie

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    Feel like chatting? Come to the library for some coffee/tea and conversation.

    Every last Wednesday of the month, from 2 to 3 pm:

    June 26th, July 31, August 28, September 18 (exceptionally), October 30, November 27, December 18 (exceptionally)

    Tea and coffee will be provided. Drop-in program.

    North Gloucester Branch, 2036 Ogilvie Rd.

  • Wednesday Jun 26, 2024 at 2:30pm
    90 minutes

    Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin’s deeply personal documentary WaaPaKe (Tomorrow) asks the difficult question: “Who are we without our pain?”

    For generations, the suffering of residential school Survivors has radiated outward, impacting Indigenous families and communities. Children, parents and grandparents have contended with the unspoken trauma, manifested in the lingering effects of colonialism: addiction, emotional abuse and broken relationships.

    In her efforts to help the children of Survivors, including herself and her family, Koostachin makes the difficult decision to step in front of the camera and participate in the circle of truth. She is joined in this courageous act of solidarity by members of her immediate family, as well as an array of voices from Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. Moving beyond burying intergenerational trauma, WaaPaKe (Tomorrow) is an invitation to unravel the tangled threads of silence and unite in collective freedom and power.

    Dr Jules Arita Koostachin
    2023 | 80 min | Documentary | Original English version, Cree and French subtitles

  • Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher
    Heather Campbell | 2023 | 15 min
    Part oral history and part visual poem, Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher is the story of Evelyn Campbell, a trailblazer for an Inuit-led educational system in the small community of Rigolet, Labrador.

    Hebron Relocation
    Holly Andersen | 2023 | 15 min
    In Hebron Relocation, Holly Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she learns more about her community’s connection to generations of displaced northern Labrador Inuit.

    Nalujuk Night
    Jennie Williams | 2021 | 13 min 7s

    Run as fast as you can, the Nalujuit are here! Filmmaker Jennie Williams brings us the story of an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying Nunatsiavut tradition in Nalujuk Night.

    Evan's Drum
    Ossie Michelin | 2021 | 14 min

    In Evan’s Drum, an adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Labrador Inuit drum dancing.

  • NIHM logo, OPL logo, NFB logo, & pictures of indigenous peoples

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for a presentation of three short documentaries: 

    In the short documentary Heartbeat of a Nation, which celebrates Dene cultural reclamation and revitalization, a father passes on traditional knowledge to his child through the teachings of a caribou drum. Directed by Eric Janvier. 

    Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada's Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada's women's rights movement. Directed by Courtney Montour. 

    Our Maternal Home follows a family who, tracing their origins to the Cree Nation of Waswanipi, confronts the impacts of generational and cultural disconnection, discovering a potent form of medicine: the bonds of kinship. Directed by Janine Windolph. 

    81 minutes total. Multiple languages. Ages 14+. 

    Short films brought to you by the National Film Board. 

  • WaaPaKe (Tomorrow) in white text on fiery background

    Friday Jun 28, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    For generations, the suffering of residential school Survivors has radiated outward, impacting Indigenous families and communities. Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin’s deeply personal documentary WaaPaKe (Tomorrow) moves beyond intergenerational trauma, with an invitation to unravel the tangled threads of silence and unite in collective freedom and power.

    2023. 1h 20 min. In English with French subtitles.

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    Au fil des générations, la souffrance des survivantes et survivants des pensionnats a irradié et entraîné des conséquences sur les familles et les communautés autochtones. Le documentaire éminemment personnel de Jules Arita Koostachin (Ph. D.) WaaPaKe (Demain) dépasse le traumatisme intergénérationnel : il nous invite à défaire les nœuds du silence et à évoluer ensemble vers la liberté et la force collectives.

    2023. 1h 20 min. en anglais avec sous-titres en français.

  • images of four older adults

    Wednesday Jul 03, 2024 at 10:00am
     minutes

    The Ottawa Public Library is happy to celebrate Seniors Month by offering programs for older adults every Wednesday in June, July and August.


    Participants will increase their knowledge related to mental wellness and resiliency as they age. Useful tools and ideas will be shared to help create tangible and concrete plans to support mental wellness.

    Registration required for Zoom link. Link will be sent via email.

  • Thursdays, Jul 04, 2024 - Dec 05, 2024
    1:00pm
    120 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    An open house for persons with dementia, their care partners, and families.

    Fun and stimulating mental activities are planned to enhance the social interactions and the connections that are built within the group. Light snacks and warm drinks are served alongside items that aim to spark conversations and reminiscing.

    First Thursday of each month (starts in May 2023). 1-3pm.

  • Thursdays, Jul 04, 2024 - Dec 05, 2024
    2:30pm
    60 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere. All are welcome! Drop-in program.

    This group meets the first Thursday of the month  2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    July 4  "A World Elsewhere" by Wayne Johnston

    August 1  "The Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles

    September 5 "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery

    October 3 "Peacekeeper's Daughter" by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allat

    November 7 "Fire Weather: the Making of the Beast" by John Vaillant

    December 5 "Fleishman is in Trouble" by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

  • NFB logo

    Thursday Jul 04, 2024 at 6:30pm
    75 minutes

    Disability Pride Month

    Shameless: the Art of Disability (2006) by Bonnie Sherr Klein 

    Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities.

    1 hour 11 min - English only