Anyone living on reserve lands within the GVPL service area is eligible for full service at no charge. This applies to the following bands: Beecher Bay, Esquimalt, Songhees, Tsartlip (South Saanich Indian Reserve) and Tsawout (East Saanich Indian Reserve).
Celebrating Aboriginal History Month
June 11: Join Victoria's Poet Laureate, Janet Marie Rogers, for a poetry reading in honour of the Lekwungen People.
No registration required.
June 19 to 21: Enjoy the free Aboriginal Cultural Festival at the Royal BC Museum.
Hosted by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC in partnership with the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations and supported by the Royal BC Museum, Tourism Victoria, Greater Victoria Harbour Society and First Peoples Cultural Council,
June 26: Attend a screening and discussion of the documentary film, "Revolution".
Presented in partnership with MediaNet and in collaboration with the Pacific People's Partnership. Register at gvpl.ca or call the library for more information.
Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature First Prize
The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature recognizes outstanding literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors. 2013 is the first year that award has been given.
First prize: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Second prize: As I Remember It by Tara Lee Morin
Third prize: As Long As the Rivers Flow by James Bartleman
First Nations Communities Read
First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading program that encourages family literacy, storytelling, and information sharing. The program highlights books written and/or illustrated by a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit creator; or that contains First Nation, Métis, or Inuit content.
The 2013-2014 selection: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, published by Douglas & McIntyre
Shortlisted titles this year:
Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor
Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont
A Stranger at Home: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson
First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast
Staff Picks in Our Catalogue
First Nations Language
FirstVoices - A group of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization.