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Another graphic novel!!

The Gabriel Dumont Institute has published a graphic novel featuring Metis stories. For more information and to purchase a copy for your library, visit Stories of Our People.


The Alberta Advantage and Libraries

Well, the Alberta government has stepped up to the plate for libraries with a 39% increase in funding for Alberta public libraries. I hope that a significant percentage of funds is earmarked for Recommendation 13 of the MLA Committee on the Future of Public Library Services, which states:

Recommendation 13
Hold formal meetings with the federal government and First Nations and Metis settlements so they can be included in the vision of seamless access to public library services.

Accept. Municipal Affairs (working with Aboriginal Relations) will initiate discussion between First Nations and Metis stakeholders and the federal government on Aboriginal library services. 

I’ve always said that 13 is a good number (ah, I was born on the 13th)!

I’m interested to find out what role the province is willing to assume, with or without federal participation. If you’ve read Brendan Edwards’ Paper Talk, you would clearly see how Indian and Northern Affairs has skirted and/or denied support for First Nations run libraries. Is the province willing to provide financial support to First Nations (on-reserve) and Metis (within the settlements) to establish and sustain public libraries?

Some Canadian public library Aboriginal services updates

It seems that I have no time to blog since returning to work from maternity leave. Our organization isn’t core funded, so I’m busy with proposal writing, planning, and budget development. I come home and want to spend time with our 15-month old son, and before I know it, it is time for bed!

When I catch a spare moment, I take steps to remain current on where things are at regarding Aboriginal librarianship in Canada and/or librarianship for Aboriginal peoples in Canada. I’ve recently found the following items that identify some of the activities going on in urban, public libraries. Here they are:

Thanks go out to these libraries for sharing this information. It can be challenging to find out what libraries are doing (if you don’t ask each of them directly). Reporting on these activities and making this information publicly accessible is an important part of the process. These reports provide guidance to others, contribute to the generation of new ideas, and provide necessary information for analyzing trends in this area of librarianship.

If your library has a similar summary to share, please let me know and I’d be happy to add it to the list. As Kokum Mary from Wapos Bay might say, “Inquiring minds want to know, you know”. By the way, season 2 of Wapos Bay is now available for purchase. I highly recommend this program for all public libraries in Canada. It is an absolute gem.

Redwire Magazine Call for Submissions

Redwire Native Youth Media Society is

[…] a media and arts organization dedicated to Native youth expression.

Redwire Magazine published its first issue in April 1997 with the support of the Native Youth Movement (a grassroots Native youth group) and the Environmental Youth Alliance. Today Redwire distributes 11,000 copies across Canada, four times a year. Redwire is the first-ever Native youth run magazine in Canada, and is committed to operating with Native youth staff, writers, artists and publishers.

Redwire’s mandate is to provide Native youth with an uncensored forum for discussion, in order to help youth find their own voice. Redwire is by, for and about Native youth; all content, editorial decisions and associated media projects are initiated and led by youth, inspiring creativity, motivation and action.

Redwire has put out a call for submissions for an upcoming issue of Redwire Magazine. See below for the details (text taken directly from message received from their Facebook group).

Redwire Magazine Technology Issue Submissions CALL OUT!!!

Redwire Magazine wants to hear what you have to say.

Our next issue is going to focus on technology in the Indigenous world.

We are looking for articles, poetry, letters, artwork, photos and stories about Indigenous peoples and the negative and positive sides of technology as a tool.

If you know anyone who uses technologies for their schooling or work or you know of technology having detrimental effects on your communities please feel free to write about it and send it to us here at REDWIRE MAGAZINE!!

Your views and opinions are important to us and we feel sharing these ideas will create a dialogue and raise awareness of issues that effect you and your respective communities.

An average article runs at about 750-1500 words and can be sent to: editor(at)redwiremag.com
Artwork and photos must be scanned at least at 300dpi and can be sent to: artsdirector(at)redwiremag.com

Or you can send them by snail mail to:
Redwire Magazine
P.O. BOX 2042
Station Main Terminal
Vancouver BC V6B 3R6
(phone) 604 602 7226
(fax) 604 602 7276

On behalf of the staff here at Redwire Magazine I thank you for your time and concern and we hope to hear from you and see your work soon!!!

Hychga / Thank you!!!

Ron Dean Harris / Ostwelve / Kwe-la / Mlo:hyleq
Redwire Magazine

New content on the First Peoples’ Libraries Wiki

A substantial amount of new content has been added to the First Peoples’ Libraries Wiki under the “Collections” area. This includes:

The majority of the links listed within each section are based in Canada. If you know of US-based publishers and distributors, news resources, etc., consider signing up to the wiki and contributing!

There’s still time to register!

I’ll be presenting “Creating Living Library Collections for Aboriginal Peoples” via a webinar hosted by The Partnership – Education Institute on June 2, 2008 at 3pm EST. To register, please visit The Education Institute site. 

I hope to “see” you there!!

Newly released bibliography! Louis Riel and the Métis People

Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth recently released (February of this year) a new bibliography entitled “Louis Riel and the Métis People“. If you’re looking to establish a new collection focused on the Métis or build on your existing one, this is a good place to start.