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Indigenous Resources

Please browse our list of resources from Haliburton County Public Library and elsewhere. We welcome feedback on additional materials and resources to enrich our knowledge of Indigenous history, experiences of Indigenous peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation process.

Books by Indigenous Authors

HCPL maintains a collection of books by Indigenous authors for all ages that reflect, in their own words, the experiences of many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada.

Adult and Young Adult Books by Indigenous Authors

Children's Books by Indigenous Authors

Along with many other public libraries across Canada, HCPL is working to implement Respectful Subject Headings, which moves away from the outdated colonial subject headings that have been used to describe items in our collection. This is an ongoing process.

Learn about the Treaties

We Are All Treaty People is a digital collection from the Kawartha Lakes Public Library.

Learn about the First Nations whose traditional territory we are on:

Curve Lake First Nation
Rama First Nation
Hiawatha First Nation
Alderville First Nation
Scugog First Nation
Beausoleil First Nation
Georgina Island First Nation

Find out about Indigenous territories, languages and treaty regions across the globe at Native-Land.ca

Educational Resources

Ezhi-nawending: How we are related is a free and interactive online portal from the Anishinabek Nation. It is designed for elementary students, but valuable for all ages.

Indigenous Engagement: A Reference for Consultation and Engagement is a resource to provide support for cultural and ecological planning, development projects and applications, species and natural resource management, watershed management and shoreline development official plan input, stewardship, education and research, partnerships and collaboration.

University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course that is free to take. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores the complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Find out more about this day from the Orange Shirt Society. HCPL will have activity kits available to take home—just stop in to your local branch.

Additional Programs

First Nations Public Library Week

October 3–7 is First Nations Public Library Week. Drop in to your local branch to pick up some fun and educational activity sheets.

Stories with Kokum 

Join Kim from the Nogojiwanong Friendship Center for a special Storytime and opportunity to learn about the Medicine Wheel. Earlier session is for ages 1-5, later session is for ages 5+. No registration required. 

November 16 at our Minden Hills Branch, 1:30 PM–2:30 PM and 3:30 PM–4:30 PM

View in our Events Calendar

November 2 at our Dysart Branch, 1:30 PM–2:30 PM and 3:30 PM–4:30 PM

View in our Events Calendar