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We're OPEN! NEW hours at all locations starting October 18. Proof of vaccination NOT required to use Library at this time.
Starting Nov 1, your Library Card # and Library PIN will be needed to use OverDrive and Libby. This PIN is the same one used to access other digital Library resources.
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Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, a time to acknowledge and honour the thousands of Indigenous children buried on residential school grounds and to recognize the inter-generational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities.

 

All library locations will be closed on September 30, with online programs and learning resources available. These resources can help us reflect on the legacy of residential schools, honour residential school survivors and their families and affirm that every child matters. We commit to taking action in moving Truth and Reconciliation forward.

 

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone who may need counselling or support. Call 1-800-721-0066 or the 24-hr crisis line 1-866-925-4419.
Every child matters

Many thanks to Alizabeth George-Antone, Indigenous Community Liaison Advisor with the City of London, for facilitating the translation of Every Child Matters into the Indigenous languages of Ojibway, Oneida and Lenape.

You can drop by any Library location to pick up Every Child Matters posters and buttons.

Download this poster to print from home

Online Library Programs
A Home Away from Home: Incorporating Indigenous Design at Western University
September 29
7 - 8PM
Join on Zoom

Wanda Dalla Costa, First Nations architect, project designer Tierra Miller, and Western University's Paula Cornelius-Hedgepeth introduce you to Western's new Indigenous Learning Space which incorporates the work of local Indigenous artists, an outdoor classroom, as well as ceremonial and healing spaces. Learn about plans for this new space and the principles of Indigenous design as we explore the vision for supporting Indigenous students and advancing Indigenous ways of knowing. This event is part of the MidMod Movies series with Forest City Modern.

Register in the Catalogue

Water is Life Ages 5 - 12
September 30
6:30 - 7:30PM
Join on Zoom

Join Métis artist, Brenda Collins, to learn why Indigenous people believe that water is alive and has its own personality. Discover who Nokomis Josephine Mandamin was and understand why she cared so much about life both in and around our water systems. Brenda will show you how to draw your own fish and shoreline while listening to her explain about the importance and uses of water.

Register in the Catalogue

Indigenous Cooking
October 6
6:30 - 8PM
Join on Zoom

Join Indigenous artist, Brenda Collins, and discover the philosophy of polyculture and how the Indigenous people know which three plants become a powerhouse of nutrition when combined. Unearth how important it is to understand how the knowledge of local plants, and animals, helps when creating recipes. Learn why community cooking is important and can often lead to the spirit behind the Indigenous Cuisine. See examples of various Indigenous meals and tasty foods. Allow yourself to be inspired and make your own delicious Indigenous themed meal.

Register in the Catalogue

Library Lists: Read, Listen & Watch
Library Spotlight: Indigenous Reads

The titles featured respectfully represent the works of contemporary Indigenous authors and artists as recommended by Indigenous authors, scholars and artists.

limited edition library card

Get a Free Library Card!

Library cards are free to anyone living in London and neighbouring Indigenous communities, as well as to residents of Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin Counties. Drop by any Library to get your card!

Learn more about artist Tehatsistahawi Kennedy here

No More Late Fines!

As of November 2020, overdue fines are no longer charged for London Public Library items that are returned late. Outstanding overdue fines have been removed from all Library accounts and overdue fines will not longer be charged when items are returned. We believe that each and every member of our community should be able to use the Library freely and fully, with dignity and without fear of overdue fines, regardless of their financial status.

In the Community
Events

Turtle Island Healing Walk: Connecting Our Communities on National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

September 30, 6 - 9PM

Dundas Place between Richmond and Talbot

Learn More

Western University has a number of events planned.

View Full List of Events

Radio Western (FM 94.9) will have a radio broadcast for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at 2pm on September 30.

Listen Live

On September 30, N'Amerind (London) Friendship Centre will be hosting an in-person 5K fundraiser open to anyone who wants to run or walk.

Learn More

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s Orange Shirt Day event (live at 10am on September 30)

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Get to Know Local Indigenous Communities

Oneida Language & Cultural Centre – This site has many resources to support learning more about Oneida culture and traditions. The Our History page outlines how the Oneida moved to Canada from their traditional lands in New York.

Chippewas of the Thames: Our History – This web page outlines the history of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the treaty rights under the Longwood Treaty.

Delaware Nation – This web page has information about the history of the Delaware Nation located near Thamesville.

Other Resources
NFB Films

A selection of films by Indigenous filmmakers and allies about the tragic impact of residential schools available to stream for free.

Watch Here

Indigenous Canada Course

Indigenous Canada is a free, 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies that explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Learn More

The Canadian Race Relation Foundation

is hosting the virtual webinar series Voices of the Unheard: Examining the History, Legacy, and Reconciliation around the Residential School System in Canada.

October 25, November 4 and November 25.

Learn More

For Educators

Indigenous Education K-12 Lesson Planning Website and Resources from Lakehead University

Ten Resources for Teaching and Learning about Indigenous History from University of Ottawa

First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario

Assembly of First Nations Education Toolkit