National Indigenous History Month

We proudly recognize that Burlington Public Library is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Together with Canadians everywhere, we honour the rich heritage, distinct cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. In the related links below, we offer a selection of resources to explore in our collection, particularly the outstanding and innumerable contributions of Indigenous writers, musicians, and filmmakers to our nation's arts and culture.

What is Treaty | June 23

Maurice Switzer, Bnesi, examines the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Europeans that made possible the peaceful settlement of Canada in this virtual talk. Advance questions are welcome. Please register in advance.

Crisis Line

Sadly, a celebration of the heritage and history of Indigenous Peoples must also observe the devastating and continuing impact of systemic racism and the residential school system on Indigenous communities and individuals across Turtle Island.⁠⁠ The Missing Children Project of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is a systematic effort to record and analyze the deaths, as well as the presence and condition of cemeteries for the children. A copy of the all 94 Calls to Action can be downloaded below. A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to provide 24hr support to former residential school students and those affected by calling 1-866-925-4419. Additionally, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066 or on their website at irsss.ca.

Summa: Free with your BPL card, you can stream thousands of Canadian documentaries and informational films featuring Indigenous voices.

Booklist: New Books by Indigenous Authors

Booklist: Indigenous Voices on Residential Schools

Booklist: Indigenous Reads for Kids

Booklist: Indigenous Writers to Read

Booklist: Featured Fiction Picks by Indigenous Writers - Adults

Booklist: Indigenous Voices - Staff Non-Fiction Picks

Booklist: Featured Teen Picks by Indigenous Authors

Booklist: Indigenous Books, Podcasts & Films

Booklists: Educate yourself on Indigenous Issues

Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action