The Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs) were established in 2017 to support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada. The recipients of the 2022 IVAS will be announced on June 21, 2022. Enjoy this selection from the list of finalists!
Indigenous girls, women and Two-Spirit pepole (MMWIG2S) face high rates of gender-based violence and disproportionate levels of violent crimes. In 2019, a national inquiry found that regularly, missing Indigenous women and girls are stereotyped or stigmatized and their family’s concerns are dismissed. By listening to shared truths on May 5, Red Dress Day, and every other day, we raise awareness and stand in solidarity.
For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
March 31 is National Indigenous Languages Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of Indigenous languages, and the strength and resilience of Indigenous culture. 2022-2032 is also the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Languages, which aims to draw global attention to the critical situation of many Indigenous languages and to mobilize the preservation, revitalization, and promotion of these languages.
Visit Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest (KILN) to learn more about one local initiative to revitalize Indigenous language learning. KFPL is committed to the process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, including housing KILN's collection of Indigenous language learning materials in our Calvin Park and Rideau Heights Branches. Learn more about our Indigenous language resources here, and enjoy these books highlighting some of the many Indigenous languages spoken today.
November 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day. On this day, Canadians commemorate the sacrifices and contributions of Métis, First Nations and Inuit to the armed forces. To learn about Indigenous experiences in the services, check out these titles.
Addressing climate change will take a global effort stemming from diverse bodies of knowledge, cultures, governments and movements. Explore Indigenous perspectives on climate justice through these titles, and attend the Queen’s Indigenous Knowledge Symposium on climate justice on Nov. 5 to 6. Learn more about the symposium here.