City Library to remain open for learning and reflection Sept. 30

Published: September 15, 2021

Categories: Indigenous

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North Vancouver City Library will be open for learning and reflection on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the first federally declared National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Government of Canada declared the statutory holiday in June as part of Call to Action No. 80:

We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (PDF)

To celebrate and honour Indigenous history and culture this month, City Library is facilitating a variety of Indigenous focused and led programs:

The Regalia We Treasure

Saturday, Sept. 18 | 10:30 a.m. – noon

Take an interactive virtual tour with the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to discover the traditional clothing styles and regalia-making artforms of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation.

Relations First with Ta7talía Michelle Nahanee

Tuesday, Sept. 21 | 7 – 8 p.m.

An introduction to decolonizing your relations to the land, your work and your community. Presented in partnership with the North Vancouver District Public Library and the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Ininew Ackosuk (Cree Stars)

Wednesday, Sept. 22 | 7 – 8 p.m.

Indigenous star lore expert Wilfred Buck introduces a different perspective on the northern night sky. Learn about Cree understandings and stories of the stars above us and discover constellations such as Kiwatin, Atima Acakosuk and Niska.

Close to home: Residential schools in our community

On display through Oct. 3

Visit the library to view an archival image display of residential schools and those who attended them on the North Shore. Images have graciously been provided by MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, Lois Guss, William Nahanee and George Allen.

We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

— Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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