Aboriginal Peoples

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  • Upcoming Events

    Easter Sunday Closure
    All Day at All Branches
    Easter Monday Closure
    All Day at All Branches
    Citizenship 101
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Central Branch
    Playwright: Caroline Russell-King
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2:30 - 3:30 pm at Oak Bay Branch
    Coalition to End Homelessness Speakers Bureau
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 12:00 - 2:00 pm at Central Branch
    Knitters' Circle
    Wednesday, April 23rd, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Saanich Centennial Branch
    Cinema Salon Series: Utopia/Dystopia
    Thursday, April 24th, 6:30 - 8:45 pm at Central Branch
    Craft Circle
    Thursday, April 24th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Saanich Centennial Branch
    Princess Power
    Saturday, April 26th, 10:30 - 11:30 am at Esquimalt Branch
    Poetry Month: Get Poemed!
    Saturday, April 26th, 11:00 - 1:00 pm at Central Branch

    Aboriginal Peoples

    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).

    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.

    Richard Wagamese received the first prize for Indian Horse

    Tara Lee Morin won the second prize for As I Remember It 

    James Bartleman won the third prize for As Long As the Rivers Flow


    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

    Aboriginal Authors in our Catalogue

    Jeannette  Armstrong (Okanagan)
    Louis Bird (Swampy Cree)
    Joseph Boyden (Metis)
    Maria Campbell (Metis)
    George Clutesi (Tse-Shaht)
    Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Metis)
    Tomson Highway (Cree)
    Rita Joe (Mi’kmaq)
    Basil Johnston (Anishinaabe)
    Thomas King (Cherokee descent)
    Lee Maracle (Salish/Cree)
    Daniel David Moses (Delaware descent)
    Beatrice Culleton Mosionier

    Eden Robinson
    Ruby Slipperjack (Anishinaabe)
    Drew Hayden Taylor (Anishinaabe)
    Richard Van Camp (Dogrib Dene)
    Richard Wagamese (Anishinaabe)
    Jordan Wheeler (Cree/Anishinaabe)
    Gerry William (Spalumcheen)

    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.