The month of June commemorates National Indigenous History Month in Canada.
It reminds us to take a look back at the history of the Indigenous peoples in Canada. Indigenous Peoples are the first peoples of Canada, they have been here even before it became a country. They were here before France and Britain colonized the land.
Indigenous peoples include First Nations, Metis and Inuit. These three peoples have unique languages, beliefs and cultures.
This month, the Markham Library helps us learn more about Indigenous history and culture.
The drum is known as the heart beat of Mother Earth. There are many teachings that this instrument can give, but there are thousands of varieties of drums throughout the globe. David is a master percussionist and will bring together in this workshop, teachings from many cultures, including the hand drum of the Plains Cree, Dakota/Lakota peoples and the water drum of the Haudenosaunee-Mohawk peoples. The Markham Library presents David’s special drumming/meditation program on June 21 at 1 p.m. Here’s the link: Indigenous Peoples Day Drumming/Meditation
Here is a reading list provided by the local library team:
- Aboriginal Heritage
- First Nations Nonfiction for Kids
- First Nations Stories
- First Nation Communities Read Recommended Titles
- Nunavut Day
- Indigenous Peoples’ History
- Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading
- Children’s Books Celebrating Indigenous Culture
- Books by Indigenous Authors
- Human Rights
- Indigenous Reading: Decolonization and Reconciliation
- Indigenous Reading: Residential Schools, Decolonization and Reconciliation
- Truth and Reconciliation – Canada’s Residential Schools
Here are some suggested blogs to read:
- Why Everyone Has a Role to Play in Reconciliation
- National Indigenous History Month: A Month Dedicated to the Original People of this Land
- The Day Nunavut Became a Territory
- Anti-racism Resources
- Commemorating National Indigenous History Month
- Films to Watch During Indigenous History Month
- Why Everyone Has a Role to Play with Reconciliation
Visit markhampubliclibrary.ca for more information.