The libraries of the Côte-Nord provide a space for reflection on the occasion of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The three municipal libraries on the North Shore will be open Thursday, September 30 for the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation recognized by the federal government to facilitate reflection, education and awareness.

Community members are encouraged to visit their local library to learn and reflect on the history of residential schools in Canada and the lasting impacts they had on survivors and families.

In June, the federal government passed legislation to make September 30 a statutory holiday, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for in Call to Action 80. Earlier this month, the province of British Columbia followed suit, recognizing it in the public sector.

“The North Vancouver Public Library, North Vancouver District Public Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library each have a variety of learning resources available to support journeys of personal reconciliation and to help community members get better. understand, accept and learn about the shared stories, ”said a statement from NVCL. .

Libraries will also have virtual events that community members can sign up to watch from home, including a session on how to start your journey of personal reconciliation, a chance to learn more about songs and music. First Nations craftsmanship, and the opportunity to listen to an Aboriginal community. movie.

The Museum of North Vancouver also offers educational resources on its website at

Getting started: truth and reconciliation

Start your own self-directed learning plan. Take a virtual session and learn about the atrocities and realities of the Indian Residential School system and their enduring legacy, and how to begin your journey of personal reconciliation.

Date / Time: Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Online registration.

Tales, Songs and Crafts with Lisa Lewis | 5-9 years

Join Lisa Lewis as she reads her book Tsunaxen’s Journey and teaches traditional Squamish songs and crafts.

Date / Time: Thursday, September 30, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Register online.

Indigenous cinema: Chaakapesh

Written by Tomson Highway, composed by Matthew Ricketts and performed by the Orchester Symphonique de Montréal, the film tells the story of Chaakapesh, a trickster who sets out to stop the massacre of his people by white settlers by teaching these settlers to to laugh.

Date / Time: Thursday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Online registration.

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