Indigenous

Welcome to the Northern Lights Library System Website

This space under the "Indigenous" tab will be for Metis, First Nation and Inuit resources. The first two categories under this tab are "Cree Language" and "Local History Project". We can expect future categories to include Michif and Denesuline languages as well. Reconciliation is another category that will likely appear under this section soon.

Check out the links below for information about library services related to Indigenous people:

https://librarianship.ca/news/cfla-trc-report - summary

https://librarianship.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CFLA_TRC_Report.pdf

Press release for Alberta Services to Indigenous Communities

Edmonton Public Library, Elder in residence:

Saskatchewan
Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples:
https://lssap.wordpress.com

Background

Libraries across the province of Alberta have removed the non-resident user fee that affected people living On-Reserve or On-Metis Settlement. In the past, this non-resident library user fee was about $60 more than what a town resident might pay, a considerable barrier for First Nation and Metis residents. Today, a library card is free in most communities. If a fee is charged, the fee will be the same for all library patrons regardless of whether they live in town, county, On-Reserve or On-Settlement. This change is long overdue but a positive step towards equal access to service.

Northern Lights Library System and Indigenous Services

54 municipal libraries are served by the regional Northern Lights Library System. Northern Lights has committed to endorsing a new relationship with First Nation, Metis and Inuit individuals and communities. This means extending an invitation and introduction to library services and programs. We would like to create space for local Indigenous perspectives and content in library collections, and to improve access to collections. Within the geographical area of the Northern Lights Library System, there are seven different First Nation communities and four Metis Settlements.

How ?

The goals seem simple: welcome, invite, make space and create access.
Here are some examples of the above goals in action:

- Weekly on-site library service to reserve communities
- Incorporating Cree and Denesuline language resources into library collections or websites
- Taking responsibility to make the library a welcoming space with a smile or a handshake
- Making space for Indigenous content and programming
- Building relationships with Indigenous organizations and communities

Library Service begins at Saddle Lake Cree Nation

kâ-nîmihtocik ayamihcikêwikamikohk wiyascikêwin or the Northern Lights Library System is happy to work in collaboration with the Saddle Lake Post Secondary to provide on-site library service to local residents on a weekly basis. Our first day starts on:

Friday, May 26, 2017
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
at the complex in Saddle Lake

This service continues in Saddle Lake every Friday from 10:00 - 12:30 in lobby of the arena.

In addition to providing access to books your library card will open doors to e-resources and data bases pertaining to: teacher resources, small engine repair, genealogy, resume building, magazines and more…

Everyone is welcome.Children require their parent’s or guardian’s signature.

Winner of the Tim Horton’s gift card was Jody Quinney.

For more information call Tanya (Niska) at 780-724-2596 extension 2133  kâ-nîmihtocik ayamihcikêwikamikohk wiyascikêwin

Library Service at Goodfish Lake - Every Wednesday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the band office foyer. Local residents can sign up for a free library card, borrow books or use the laptop for internet access.

Library Service at Heart Lake First Nation - Kohls School - Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 2:00. For more information contact Cynthia at the Stuart MacPherson Public Library in Lac La Biche. 780-623-7467

Cold Lake and Area -  Pop-Up Library Service

Tuesday 11:30am-1:30pm at the Dene Wellness Centre at Cold Lake First Nation
Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm at the English Bay Community Centre at CLFN
Thursday 11:30am-1:30pm at the Cold Lake Native Friendship Centre
Thursday 3:00-5:00pm at the Elizabeth Métis Settlement Youth Centre

Contact Christine, at the Cold Lake Public Library for more information, 780-594-8828.