Aurora Public Library acknowledges the original caretakers and knowledge keepers of the traditional territory where we work.
As settlers and newcomers, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue the traditions of storytelling alongside the diverse
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples who reside here.
We honour the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant and our responsibility for the stewardship of the land and community that surrounds us.
We honour the Nations recorded and unrecorded, and acknowledged and unacknowledged, who hold rights to this land.
We acknowledge that we are all treaty people and accept our responsibility to honour all our relations across Turtle Island with peace, reciprocity, and respect.
SELECTED INDIGENOUS VOICES
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IT IS MORE THAN A LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT!
As we gather in places now, it is common for an organizer or host to read a Land Acknowledgement. This has become so expected that people have said that they have lost their meaning. Learn with Dr. Ruth Green on how to move from Land Acknowledgements to Solidarity Statements.
Dr. Green is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at York University. She has served as the co-chair of the Indigenous Council at York University and is the Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives.
Thursday, April 18 | 7:00pm | Living Room
Presentation | Q&A
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LIVING BY THE MEDICINE WHEEL
Asha Frost is an Indigenous (Ojibwe) healer and best-selling author. Drawing on her ancestral knowledge and innate gifts, Asha has become a prominent figure in the field of Indigenous healing, garnering recognition on both local and international platforms.
Asha has eloquently captured the essence of Indigenous wisdom and healing potential that lies within us all in her book You are the Medicine.
Tuesday, April 30 | 7:00pm | Living Room
Conversation | Book signing
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YOU CAN CALL ME ROGER
This award-winning documentary is a story of hope that depicts the life of retired Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Roger Joseph Augustine and his lived experiences with the long assault against Indigenous People.
FABULOUS ADVENTURES PAINT CLASS
with Ojibwe artist, Patrick Hunter
Patrick Hunter is a two-spirit painter and graphic designer from Red Lake, Ontario. He paints what he sees through a spiritual lens inspired by his homeland.
This workshop is a signature event for PRIDE month and has been made possible through the Library’s ongoing collaboration with Pflag York Region.
Everyone is welcome! 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies.
Materials will be provided.
Sunday, June 2 | 1:30pm | Magna Room
Registration through Pflag. Link will be provided in March.
INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING
with Oneida Artist and Visual Storyteller, Todd Jamieson
Todd Jamieson presents on the true shared history of this land and the unbalanced power dynamics put in place by colonial violence that remain in place today.
Through conversation and a fascinating hands-on opportunity to engage with Indigenous artifacts (tools, clothing, hides and crafts), we can all take part in building a genuine decolonization movement that respects the land on which we are all living and the people to whom it inherently belongs.
On exhibit will be some small pieces of Todd’s artwork, marrying Indigenous themes on contemporary pieces.
Saturday, June 15 | 10:30am | Magna Room
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Indigenous Services Canada
Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Documents include the Final Report, Publications, Transcripts & Exhibits, Submissions from Parties with Standing and Legal Notices and Records. The National Family Advisory Circle are volunteers who provide advice to the National Inquire.
A 12-lesson Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies, that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. This course can be taken online for free by choosing the audit option on Coursera.
Orange Shirt Day
The Orange Shirt Society was formed to create awareness of the individual, family
and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools with the
purpose of supporting Indian Residential School Reconciliation and promoting
the truth that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. Includes speakers, resources and events.
A Canadian non-profit website and mobile app that has created a searchable global map of Indigenous territories, languages, and treaties. Please note that this map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations. To learn about definitive boundaries, contact the nations in question.