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June is National Aboriginal History Month

Posted on June 1, 2017

GVPL invites you to take part in free programs to learn about Aboriginal culture and how Canadians can work toward reconciliation and inclusiveness.

The National Thought Table on Reconciliation

On Wednesday, May 10, thought leaders from across Canada gathered for a roundtable discussion on reconciliation within a Canadian multicultural context. We are pleased to offer this conversation as a download for our patrons.

Watch now  (Near the bottom of the record, above the table, you’ll see “Electronic Access: Click to access video.”)


For more information about National Aboriginal Day, taking place on June 21, visit the Government of Canada website.

You may also enjoy the Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival, June 16 to 18.


Past Events

Indigenous Plant Medicine

Traditional medicines have been used for generations to assist with treating diabetes, regulating blood pressure, ameliorating digestion and improving overall health. Sarah Underdown, a Cree/Saulteaux from the Cowessess Nation in Saskatchewan, who has lived on the territories of the Lekwungen peoples for more than 30 years, will share plant medicine teachings passed on from Elders and family in the community.

June 1, 6:00-7:30, Central Branch

Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village

In this experiential workshop, participants will gain deeper insight into the impact of residential schools and explore how each of us can help revive the values that guided Indigenous villages for generations. Audience participation is a component of this workshop and is used to create an emotional understanding of the experiences of Aboriginal people in Canadian history. This event is part of a four-part speaker series presented by GVPL and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Saturday, June 10, 12-4pm, Wawadit’la Mungo Martin House in Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Museum

CANCELLED: City of Victoria: The Year of Reconciliation and Canada’s 150th Birthday

Councillor Marianne Alto will review the city’s responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and provide a preview of the rest of the year’s commemorative actions and events.

This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the fall.

Indigenous Stories Book Club

Join Carmen Rodriquez de France, assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria, for a book club focused on the works of Canadian Indigenous peoples. Explore the history, culture and ways of being, as expressed through their writings. Materials for discussion will be emailed prior to the book club meetings.

June 19, 2:30-3:30, Nellie McClung Branch