First Nations Public Library Week takes place each October as part of Canadian Library Month. It was created in 2020 by First Nation librarians and now includes many municipal public libraries as well.
SPL is celebrating FNPLW in order to:
- Celebrate and raise awareness of First Nation resources, services, programs, and activities.
- Increase awareness of First Nation peoples and cultures, past and present.
- Making available materials that portray First Nations accurately and sensitively.
Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen
This year's First Nations Public Library Week theme is, Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen. Anishinabemowin, the original language of the Ojibwe people, is an active language that integrates concepts of the natural world and spirituality. Bekaa is a command that is told to people who are being impatient or brash. The act of waiting and listening to what someone has to say is a form of respect and offers listeners the opportunity to learn new perspectives. Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen is a reminder for us to enrich our lives by listening to others imparting knowledge, perspectives, and history.
Participate in First Nations Public Library Week
- Self-directed activities and book displays on the children's floor
- Read books from the First Nation Communities Read long lists (Adult/Young Adult | Children's)
- Indigenous Reads Beanstack Challenge (Sept 26 to Oct 7)
- Make a donation to Friends of the Six Nations Public Library Foundation and receive a piece of paint-pour art to take home. Learn more about funding disparities for First Nation Public Libraries
- Visit our Indigenous Connections Hub, a comprehensive collection of online resources to spark joy and learning, and foster good relations