Post by Lori, Information Services staff.
June is National Indigenous History Month. We have put together a sampling of books, movies you can stream, and music you can download featuring Indigenous authors, people and artists as well as some programs being offered by KPL.
A territorial acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Territories. Acknowledgement of the Traditional Territory upon which we all live is an important first step toward reconciliation.
The Acknowledgement Used at KPL
“As we gather, we are reminded that the library is situated on land that is the traditional home of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay) and Neutral People. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions Indigenous peoples have made in shaping and strengthening this community. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet here and re-affirm our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our community.”Territorial Acknowledgement, Kitchener Public Library
Use of Acknowledgement
The territorial acknowledgement will be used by the Library CEO or designate at the start of public meetings, celebrations, or other official events as deemed appropriate, and that are hosted or supported by Kitchener Public Library
The Path Ahead
We encourage others to continue their reconciliation journey by visiting the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The NCTR is the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Indians on Vacation | Thomas King
- Five Little Indians | Michelle Good
- The Narrows of Fear (wapawikoscikanik) | Carol Rose GoldenEagle
- Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction | Edited by Joshua Whitehead
- The Night Watchman | Louis Erdrich
- How We Go Home : Voices from Indigenous North America | Edited by Sara Sinclair
- We Had a Little Real Estate Problem : the Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy | Kliph Nesteroff
- “The Chiefs Now in this City” : Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America | Colin G. Calloway
- Iron Peggy : a Play With Study Guide | Marie Clements
- Black Water : Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory | David A. Robertson
- Come Home, Indio : a memoir | Jim Terry
- Redbone : the True Story of a Native American Rock Band | Christian Staebler & Sonia Paoloni
- Nova Graphica : a Graphic Anthology of Nova Scotia History | Edited by Laura Ķeniņš
- Moonshot: the Indigenous Comics Collection | Edited by Hope Nicholson
- Stone | David Alexander Robertson
High quality Canadian streaming content including DIY instructional videos, nature programs, and award-winning documentaries.
- Philippines – Episode 1: Skindigenous Series
- Don’t Just Talk About it
- Fox Chaser: Winter on the Trapline
- First Contact 1, Episode 1: The Journey Begins
- Together We Stand Firm (Episode One)
The National Film Board
The National Film Board (NFB) produces and distributes Canadian films in English and French. The library has access to over 2,500 films through our CAMPUS subscription. CAMPUS titles can only be accessed from within the library. All other NFB titles can be accessed both inside and outside the library.
National Film Board: Indigenous Voices
- To Wake Up the Nakota Language (Nakota Version)
- Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance (Mohawk Version)
- The People of the Kattawapiskak River – Katawapiskak Sipiwi Ininiwak (Cree Version)
- Mon Village au Nunavik (Version Inuktitut)
- History of Manawan – Part One – Atisokan nte Manawanik Nistam Kenokok (Atikamekw Version)
Download or stream free music from popular artists and genres. You can download up to five songs per week, which are yours to keep!
- Under Branch & Thorn & Tree: An Indigenous Playlist
- Auk / Blood |Tanya Tagac
- Silla + Rise | Debut
- Maskawisiwin | Rosary Spence
- Orville Peck
Check out some of our upcoming virtual programs:
- 85Green: Cooking with Chef Zerka for Families | June 19 2-3pm
- Indigenous Teachings with Clarence Cachagee | June 23 6-7:30pm
- Indigenous Bike Tour | Self Guided Tour
Have questions? Want more recommendations?