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First Nations Public Library Week 2022

First Nations Public Library Week 2022

ONTARIO – The 22nd annual First Nations Public Library Week will take place in First Nation communities and public libraries throughout the Province of Ontario during October 3 – 7, 2022.

This year’s theme, Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen, is a reminder for each of us to enrich our lives by listening to others imparting knowledge, perspectives, and history. Anishinabemowin, the original language of the Ojibwe people, is an active language that integrates concepts of the natural world and spirituality. Bekaa is a command that is told to people who are being impatient or brash. The act of waiting and listening to what someone has to say is a form of respect and offers listeners the opportunity to learn new perspectives.

For over 20 years, the goal of First Nations Public Library Week is to gain support for the role of public libraries in First Nation communities and to raise awareness regarding the services, resources and programs that they offer.

Activities and events honouring the theme will take place in communities and libraries throughout the week. Ontario Library Service is offering free online events through the First Nations Public Library Week website: www.olservice.ca/fnplw

To learn more about celebrations that may be occurring in your community, please contact your local library.

First Nations Public Library Week is a grass-roots initiative that is lead and inspired by First Nation Public Libraries. The celebration is made possible with the support of Ontario Library Service.

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