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