July is Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, a time to celebrate the strength and diversity of individuals with disabilities.

Over 1 billion people comprise the global disability community, the most expansive and diverse minority group globally. People with disabilities are represented by all ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and socio-economic brackets.

Did you know that 27% of Canadians over the age of 15 have a disability, and that over 50% are expected to experience a disability at some point in their lives?

At our library, we invite you to learn more about disabilities through our dedicated book display and by taking our quiz. Test your knowledge and discover new insights!

Explore our diverse booklists:

Accessibility at the Library

Accessibility at the library is a priority for us. We strive to ensure that our space and services are accessible to everyone, including those with print disabilities. Learn more about our accessibility features and specialized services.

Celebrate with us!

Visit us to explore a diverse collection of books, films, and resources that promote pride, understanding, and inclusion. Join us in honoring Disability Pride Month as we strive to build a more inclusive community together!

Summer Reading Club – World of Curiosities

BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program designed to engage children who’ve completed Kindergarten with libraries and reading, throughout the summer.

This year’s BC Summer Reading Club theme is World of Curiosities!  It features artwork by Victoria-based children’s illustrator and teacher Meneka Repka.

How to participate?

  • Pick up your reading record any time after June 27, 2024 and start reading!
  • Record your reading every day to become eligible to win prizes at our weekly draw. Prizes include toys, games, books, food coupons, and much more.
  • Read all summer and receive a medal at our award ceremony in August.

EVENTs: WOrld of Curiosities

  • Every Wednesday in July and August between 1:00 – 2:00 pm there are free drop-in events in the Community Meeting Room.
  • Daily activities like crafts, puzzles, scavenger hunts in the children’s area. There will always be something happening there!
  • Special events throughout the summer.

Stay tuned to our event calendar for more information!

SUMMER READING CLUB BOOKLISTS

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Indigenous History and Resources

The Squamish Public Library has materials for all ages to learn about Indigenous history, including the Indian Residential School experience and the ongoing Truth & Reconciliation process.

Below you will find suggested resources, both from the library and elsewhere.

Library Resources for Adults

First and second-hand accounts of legends and stories of First Nations (including Squamish Nation)

Resources that highlight national and local Indigenous-settler relations, both historic and contemporary. These resources explore key issues facing Indigenous peoples from an Indigenous perspective

Resources, history, and interviews related to the Squamish Nation and its members, customs, traditions, and history.

Library materials relating to the Residential School experience in Canada, including first person accounts from survivors, books for children, and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Library Resources for Children

Children’s books about First Nations stories and lives, including Squamish Nation and Coast Salish stories.

Children’s books about the Inuit people. Related lists: First Nations Picture Books; Squamish Nation and Coast Salish Children’s Books

Children’s books that reflect on the residential school experience in different ways. These have all been identified as age-appropriate for children under 12 by reputable organizations, like FNESC and Project of Heart. Adapted from CBC’s reading list.

Children’s books specifically about the Coast Salish and Squamish Nation peoples, including fiction and non-fiction.

External Resources

Squamish Nation Talking Dictionary

This Ta wa níchim sḵexwts (the Talking Dictionary) helps you pronounce words in the Squamish Nation language.

First Peoples Map of BC

Explore and contribute to the interactive map of the Indigenous Languages, Arts and Heritage in B.C.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) published its final report detailing the experiences and impacts of the residential school systems.

One outcome of the report was a document detailing 94 calls to action across a wide range of areas.

Read more about what reconciliation is (and what it isn’t) in this blog post.

Indigenous Corporate Training

Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. (ICT) provides training to support their mission of Indigenous Peoples training for everyone.

Their comprehensive resources include a list of free e-books.

Indigenous Canada Open Online Course

Indigenous Canada Open Online Course is a 12-lesson free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Indigenous Podcasts

Vancouver Public Library Indigenous Storyteller in Residence Kung Jaadee shares this list of top podcasts by Indigenous creators keeping the storytelling tradition alive.

Squamish Nation Stories from the Heart

This six-part Squamish Historical Society documentary, Stories from the Heart, opens a window on the Squamish Nation from the early 20th century to the present, through original video footage, archival and family photos and personal reminiscences.

First People of the Pacific Northwest: The Photography of Edward S. Curtis

This Squamish Historical Society video documentary is based on selected images of Indigenous People from the State of Washington, British Columbia, and the coast of Alaska, captured by frontier photographer Edward S. Curtis between 1896 and 1930, during his journey across North America.

Skwxwú7mesh Language Videos

Learn how to pronounce place names in Skwxwú7mesh.

Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh – Language & Cultural Affairs have created a series of language videos on pronouncing place names along the Sea to Sky Highway as well as other words in Skwxwú7mesh.

How to Read the Squamish Language

NAtional indigenous HIstory Month

In June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. (Source: rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.


NAtional Day for truth and REconciliation

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The federal statutory holiday, established in 2021, honours those who survived residential schools, those whose lives were lost and those whose suffering and trauma is ongoing. September 30 is also known as Orange Shirt Day, a day for Canadians to raise awareness of the history, harm and legacies of the Canadian residential school system by wearing the colour orange.

This holiday was established in response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:
“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

PAST EVENTS


In 2021, the library honoured the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, by listening to Squamish Nation Elders. You can watch the recording of Honouring Residential School Survivors online:


Namwayut – An Evening with Chief Robert Joseph (recording)
On April 12, 2023, we had the honor of hosting Chief Robert Joseph in Squamish to speak about his new book Namwayut: A Pathway to Reconciliation. Chief Joseph spoke about his experience at St. Michael’s Indian Residential School, his own immense work towards Reconciliation, and his vision for Canada and the world if we all take part in Reconciliation work. You can watch the recording of the event online:

Workshop Series with Tsawaysia Spukwus

June is Indigenous History Month! To celebrate, the Library will be hosting Tsawaysia Spukwus of the Squamish Nation for a series of hands-on workshops including wool weaving and drum making. 

All workshops will be free and online, and all materials will be provided for participants! Everyone is welcome to attend, and registration is required.

Squamish Nation member and educator Tsawaysia Spukwus (Alice Guss) is masterful at bringing innovative learning opportunities to all people through workshops, drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling.  

There are three different dates for each workshop. Choose the one that’s best for you!

To register for a workshop, click the date and time you want. Please only register for each program once.

Wool Weaving Workshops (week of June 14) 

Tuesday, June 15, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Wednesday, June 16, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Thursday, June 17, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Drum Making Workshops (week of  June 21) 

Tuesday, June 22, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Wednesday, June 23, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8:00 pm – waitlist

Visiting Library Service

About

Our Visiting Library Service provides free home delivery of library materials and resources for home-bound members of the community. Through this program, volunteer library ambassadors provide personal phone calls and connections to patrons, reserve and deliver library materials and resources.

Contact 604-892-3110 or visitinglibrary@squamish.ca with any questions about the service.

Patrons

If you are a senior or Elder in Squamish who would benefit from home delivery of library materials, please complete our Visiting Library Service Patron Registration Form below. If you aren’t able to apply on the computer, you can call the library (604-892-3110) to register over the phone or request a paper form.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for our Visiting Library Service, please review the Volunteer Position Description, and complete the Volunteer Application below.

Read the Volunteer Position Description here.

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