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A tribute to Indigenous veterans

Indigenous Veterans Day on November 8 is a meaningful opportunity to reflect on the remarkable contributions and sacrifices of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals during Canada's military operations and peacekeeping projects.

Indigenous service members displayed remarkable resilience, overcoming language barriers, cultural disparities and significant journeys to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. Post-war, many Indigenous war veterans did not receive the same care as others. 

Today, Indigenous individuals continue a legacy of service. Take a moment to acknowledge service and sacrifice with a title from this list.

Indigenous Voices at Digital Kingston

Indigenous Voices at Digital Kingston

Listen to oral histories that describe the history of the Kataroh:kwi region as told by its Indigenous people at Digital Kingston.

Indigenous Resources & Services

Indigenous Resources & Services

Explore Indigenous resources located through the KFPL website, and find links a variety of local and national Indigenous organizations.

A treaty map of Ontario with text reading Treaties Recognition Week

Treaties Recognition Week reading list

November 5-11 is Treaties Recognition Week. This week recognizes the importance of learning about the treaties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, their history and treaty rights and obligations. Knowledge of these documents and their legal frameworks is essential to reconciliation. To learn more, check out the titles on this list. 

First Nation Communities READ Shortlist Titles 2023-24 on an orange background.

First Nation Communities READ

Check out some of the titles on the First Nation Communities Read (FNCR) shortlists! FNCR celebrates the very best of Indigenous literature across Turtle Island. The program encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling and intergenerational knowledge transmission. FNCR also helps to increase awareness of the importance of First Nation, Metis and Inuit writing, illustration and publishing.

The winners were announced during First Nation Public Library Week during the first week of October. Be sure to check out the complete 2023-24 Adult/YA list and Children’s list.

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National Day of Action for MMIWG/Sisters in Spirit Day

Sisters in Spirit vigils and walks are held annually every October 4, the National Day of Action for MMIWG, honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender and gender-diverse people.

In June 2019, the MMIWG National Inquiry released its final report, showing that “persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.”

See the profiles of some of the missing and murdered using CBC’s Case Explorer.

The MMIWG crisis support call line is available to provide support for anyone who requires assistance. This line is available free of charge, 24/7. Please call 1-844-413-6649 if you or someone you know needs help or support.

David Finkle with a variety of instruments, standing in front of a microphone. Text reads Turtle Island Indigenous Music Throughout the Ages with David Finkle

Immerse yourself in Indigenous music

In a world where music transcends boundaries and cultures, Turtle Island Indigenous Music Throughout the Ages promises to be an exciting experience for anyone interested in Indigenous instruments. Learn from David Finkle on September 28 at 6 p.m via Zoom.