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Every June, Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month. It is an opportunity to recognize the rich and diverse history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. This June, we encourage you to take part in learning and educational opportunities on the strength, contributions, and sacrifices of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Discover the Barrie Public Library’s celebration of National Indigenous History Month through programming, book lists, and community resources. 


Read

We invite you to check out these reading lists featuring content by and about Indigenous authors and illustrators.

 


Programs

Indigenous Storytime with Angelia the EarlyOn Indigenous Co-ordinator 
Friday, June 7 from 10-11am at the Downtown Library 
Bring your drum and join us for some traditional songs, and stories where we learn about indigenous history and culture. 
 
In Focus: National Indigenous History Month  
Saturdays (June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29) from 11-11:30am Online  
Join us every week for a National Film Board selection, and recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. 


Community Events 

Indigenous People's History Month Flag Raising  
Monday, June 3 at 11am at Barrie City Hall 
Please join the Indigenous Community for the flag raising to celebrate Indigenous History Month. No registration required.  
 
Community Bonfire  
Wednesday, June 26 from 7-9pm at Meridian Place (65 Dunlop Street East)  
Join Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin-BANAC, Barrie Native Friendship Centre, the Barrie Public Library, and the City of Barrie for a night of Indigenous music, community connections and an Indigenous film viewing at dusk.  
 
City of Barrie National Indigenous History Month Community Events 
The City of Barrie, in collaboration with Local Indigenous Service Providers, will be hosting events to celebrate the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples throughout the month of June. See the 2024 Programming schedule (to be updated soon).  


Local Indigenous Service Providers

The vision of the Barrie Native Friendship Centre is to improve the quality of life for all Indigenous / Métis people in the area, regardless of legal definition by providing a gathering place that promotes unity and wholistic healing within the community at large. This is accomplished through a network of culturally based programs, services and teachings.

Since its inception in 1989, the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle has delivered initiatives that incorporate Indigenous community development in the areas of child care, health planning, social development, and support to seniors and families. BANAC serves Simcoe County, Muskoka, and York Region. 

These programs include a blend of contemporary and traditional teaching methods, with Indigenous cultural values and perspectives embedded in the curriculum.


Mental Health & Wellness Resources 

If you or someone you know is struggling, please head to any of the below resources for support. 


Resources for Further Learning

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.

A unique online and interactive tool to help educators teach the culture and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in Canada through the voice of Indigenous Youth. 

The history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, reconciliation and more.

The National Voice Of Canada’s 65,000 Inuit.

Since 1983, the MNC has served as the national and international representative of the Métis Nation. 

Learn how the Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.


To learn more about National Indigenous History Month, visit the Government of Canada's website. 

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