National Indigenous History Month

Together with Canadians everywhere, we honour the rich heritage, distinct cultures, and achievements of Canada's First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This year, it is more important than ever that we not turn away from the realities of Canada’s history and present. The recent news of the discovery of a mass grave of 215 children at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia is a heartbreaking reminder of the devastating impact these schools had, and continue to have, on Indigenous communities. We mourn for all who still remain lost.⁠⁠ 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.

Song of the Hermit Thrush: Birds around the world each have a distinctive sound. In Song of the Hermit Thrush, traditional storyteller Kelly Jonathan, Culture and Language Lead from Niwasa Kendaaawin Teg, shares the Indigenous creation story of how the hermit thrush got its ethereal and plaintive, high-pitched whistle song. Presented in partnership with Niwasa Kendaawin Teg and Hamilton Public Library. Click here to watch anytime.

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On until Jun 21

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival: A multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings together Indigenous artists, performers, educators, students, and community members to share knowledge and celebrate Canada’s diverse Indigenous cultures. This year, virtual programming includes The SSIMAs a new national Indigenous music awards program; Education Days bringing together thousands of students and hundreds of teachers online; streamed performances; interactive family activities; arts and crafts, culinary and cultural workshops; an International Competition Social Distance Pow Wow; and the Indigenous Marketplace.

Thu Jun 17

The City Imagines - Indigenous Toronto: Indigenous Toronto explores the poles of cultural continuity and settler colonialism that have come to define the city as a significant cultural hub. Join Brian Wright-McLeod, Kerry Potts, Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere, and elder Duke Redbird as they discuss the deep foundations of Indigenous history and culture that underpin the city to this day. Presented by Word on the Street. Register in advance. Live online - 7-8.30pm.

Sun Jun 20

APTN Indigenous Day Live: This year’s production of APTN Indigenous Day Live (IDL) has been adapted to feature many of Turtle Island’s established and emerging Indigenous artists in a new and creative way. Join hosts Earl Wood and Janelle Wookey for the 2021 edition of IDL, featuring performances from Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Tom Wilson, iskwē, Neon Dreams, Julian Taylor and Charlotte Cardin. Live online - 8-11.30pm.

We proudly recognize that Burlington Public Library is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Booklist: Indigenous Reads for Kids 2021

Booklist: Indigenous Reads for Kids 2020

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 Author

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