National Indigenous History Month 2020
June marks National Indigenous History Month, but Canada still has a long way to go in improving its relationship with Indigenous nations across Turtle Island. One of the ways Canadians can honour Indigenous histories, peoples and communities is to learn and educate themselves. Here are a few places to start.
Reading for Reconciliation
Reconciliation is a settler responsibility. These titles will get you thinking about why reconciliation is urgently needed. Updated anually.
Read Indigenous for the TPL Reading Challenge 2020
Our Indigenous Services Committee created this booklist of titles with Indigenous content and authors with recommendations for several of the TPL Reading Challenge 2020 categories.
Food as Medicine: Indigenous Cookbooks
Indigenous Advisory Council member Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith talks about food within an Indigenous worldview and provides recommendations on Indigenous cookbooks available through TPL’s online and print collections.
Recommended Reads for Children and Families
Children's Librarian Eleni highlights five recommended titles for National Indigenous History Month, written and illustrated by Indigenous authors and illustrators.
We have had many fantastic authors and speakers over the years. You can watch recordings of some of our events, including interviews with Eden Robinson, Sheila Watt-Cloutier and more. The full playlist is available on our YouTube channel.
Indigenous Service Providers Online
There are also a lot of Indigenous service providers in the city offering virtual programming and resources.
Don’t forget to check out Council Fire's online programming and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto’s Early Years and Youth Virtual Programming.
Community member, Ojibwe language speaker, and mother of two, Rochelle Allan has also put together a number of Youtube playlists featuring child-friendly Ojibwe language-learning resources. Be sure to subscribe to her channel! Rochelle also recommends Waking Up Ojibwe, which offers additional Ojibwe language-learning resources, including printable activities that families can do from home.
Edited June 16: Removed information about a potential upcoming program until details are confirmed.
Edited August 10: Added link to Christine's post on cookbooks by Indigenous authors.
How are you educating yourself this National Indigenous History Month?