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.
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.
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.
Indigenous History Month at the Squamish Library:
Workshop Series with Tsawaysia Spukwus
To celebrate Indigenous History month, the Library will be hosting Tsawaysia Spukwus of the Squamish Nation for a series of hands-on workshops including wool weaving and drum making.
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. More information here. More information here.
Community Book Club: Indians on Vacation
Thursday, June 24, 7 – 8:30 pm, online on zoom
Our Community Book Club meets every other month on Zoom! This month we will be discussing Indians on Vacation by Thomas King. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Registration required, more information here.
Display at the Library
Browse books on Indigenous culture, reconciliation, residential schools and more for adults and children at our current display at the library.
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.
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
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.
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 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.