In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report and calls to action. In 2017 Canada celebrated 150 years as a nation, and these celebrations also caused individuals and communities to reflect on the challenging history of Canada's relationship with our First Nations people.
One vital way for all of us to engage with the concerns about who we are as a country, and who we would like to be, is by seeking out understanding. Read for Reconciliation is about seeking truth through reading and also through community conversations
Okanagan Regional Library has partnered with University of British Columbia Aboriginal Programs and Services, and UBC Library to create this webspace to enable individuals to engage with the reconciliation process through reading, coursework, facilitated community discussion, and connections to the vital work of other arts and culture organizations.
I'm Reading for Reconciliation
Okanagan Regional Library and University of British Columbia Okanagan Library invite you to Read for Reconciliation. The first step in the Truth and Reconciliation process is to understand the truth. We invite you to read through the works on our Book Lists for adults and children, and engage with others about what you learn.
On social media
Face to face
Indigenous Canada: National Context and Local Perspective
Every second Wednesday, Feb 7 to April 18, 7:00 – 8:30
Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis St. Kelowna and webcast to Vernon Branch, 2800 30th Ave. Vernon
Okanagan Regional Library, University of British Columbia Aboriginal Programs and Services and the UBC Innovation Library have partnered to bring you a series of community conversations. Based around the topics in the free online course by University of Alberta - Indigenous Canada - this series will link the national context of that course material to local perspectives on these broad and important topics. Local First Nations leaders will share their expertise, and facilitate discussion.
Though we encourage all those interested to visit Coursera and sign up for the free online course, participation in the dialogues is open to everyone interested.
These events will be happening at the Kelowna Library, and webcast live to the Vernon library.
All events are free, please register for the Kelowna event at eventbrite.ca.
February 7 | Worldview and the Fur Trade
February 21 | Trick or Treaty and New Rules New Game
March 7 | “Killing the Indian in the Child” and A Modern Indian
March 21 | Red Power and Sovereign Lands
April 4 | Indigenous Women, Indigenous in the City
April 18 | Current Social Movements and “Living Traditions” Expressions in Pop-Culture and Art
By University of Alberta, hosted on Coursera
To register: www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada
For more information:www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada
Registration is open now until Saturday January 27. Study at your own pace. We are hopeful the course will also be open again in the future.
Some libraries will be able to facilitate computer use for course access, and possibly arrange for group study sessions if you wish to take this course with friends. Contact your branch for details
Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour
Join us at the Vernon and Kelowna Libraries for free showings of the films in the National Film Board Film Club Fall 2017 program.
Birth of a Family
January 10 | 6:30pm, Vernon Library
January 28 | 7:00pm, Kelowna Library
Removed from their young Dene mother's care as part of Canada's infamous Sixties Scoop. Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.
Trick or Treaty
February 14 | 6:30pm | Vernon Library
February 28 | 7:00pm | Kelowna Library
Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, and awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out
March 14 | 6:30pm | Vernon Library
March 28 | 7:00pm | Kelowna Library
Dawn Crey. Ramona Wilson. Daleen Kay Bosse. These are just three of the estimated 500 Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Directed by acclaimed Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh, Finding Dawn is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy.