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Sarah, Queen's Square | May 31, 2019

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions and culture of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation offers a unique window into this contribution with the Indspire Awards, which showcase and honour Indigenous talent from across Canada.

Interested in Indigenous Music? The Indigenous Music Awards are celebrated yearly in Winnipeg, Manitoba as part of the greater Manito Ahbee Festival. The Festival is a gathering that celebrates Indigenous culture and heritage to unify, educate and inspire. 

Also this month, the Idea Exchange is joining other library systems to participate in a Canada-wide digital reading event: One eRead Canada. The selection for our inaugural program is Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont, an Indigenous woman.

In July, the Idea Exchange Gallery is hosting Jii bmoseynah Nokomis Gii B’mosed - I am walking in the footsteps of my grandmother, presented by Andrew Judge, professor of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College.

Interested in sharing about this special day with children? National Indigenous People’s Day describes the history of National Indigenous Peoples Day and how it is celebrated in Canada. We also offer children’s books covering the culture and history of the Northwest Coast Nations, the Plains Nations, the Northeast Nations, and the Arctic and Subarctic Nations.

The Idea Exchange also has a wide selection of adult fiction titles that reflect the Canadian Indigenous experience.

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