The Library encourages our community to learn more about Indigenous history and heritage. The continued tradition of oral histories through storytelling will ensure that Indigenous peoples’ truths are not erased and historical accuracy is preserved.
- Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website and view their Calls to Action, and/or learn more about the origins of Orange Shirt Day.
- Visit The Indigenous Community & Healing Garden at the Ajax Pickering Hospital on September 27, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reflect on Truth & Reconciliation during this healing event featuring ceremony and plants, with Healing Circle Elder, Kim Wheately.
- Reflect with your children to understand this part of Canada's history by reading together and having conversations.
- Learn about Indigenous history and culture, and discover stories by and about Indigenous people.
- Watch a the five-part Durham Indigenous Voices series, hosted in partnership with other Durham libraries, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Durham College Student Institute, and Ontario Tech Student Union.
- Watch a video created by a Durham College student, a "visual interpretation of my struggles growing up as a white Indigenous person in the suburbs. Feeling stuck between two worlds, floating in the twilight zone".
A reminder that the Library is closed on September 30, 2023 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
On September 30th, 2021, Durham Libraries invited bestselling, award-winning children's authors to speak on their favourite Indigenous works. Watch David A. Robertson (The Barren Grounds, On the Trapline), Melanie Florence (Stolen Words, Just Lucky), and Jay Odjick (illustrator of Blackflies and Bear for Breakfast, written by Robert Munsch) for a special prerecorded library presentation.
While the video is no longer available, check out their books - and some of author Melanie Florence's favourites! Download your PDF reading list.