Brampton Library is committed to presenting Indigenous programs that support the ongoing process of truth sharing and healing. We are working with Indigenous teachers and artists to develop programs and events that promote meaningful relationships in our community. We recognize the value of National Indigenous History Month in June and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation annually on September 30, but we want to do more. Here are some upcoming programs that we are pleased to share.
Learn about traditional beading practices and techniques from Katie Longboat, an Indigenous bead artist from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, currently residing in Toronto. Katie’s art is inspired by both Cree and Haudenosaunee beadwork styles. She gets inspiration from the natural world, her travels, and her family. Katie makes use of contemporary materials to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and artwork. Registration required*.
Digital Artist Talk with Leah Dorion
This Digital Artist Talk will explore the children’s books of Leah Marie Dorion, an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Leah will discuss her experiences in publishing books for children, including the digitizing process of her art, and invite participants to engage in a sketching activity. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views art as a spiritual expression. Leah’s work is influenced by traditional cultural teachings such as the medicine wheel and the sacred circle of life. For ages 8+. *Registration required.
Ribbon Skirt Session
Meeting My Ancestors is a group dedicated to helping Indigenous individuals, parents of indigenous children, professionals working with Indigenous people, and those wanting to better appreciate Indigenous traditions. With a specific focus on Metis roots, Cultural Educator, Natalie Pepin, will discuss the cultural significance of the Ribbon Skirt in this unique virtual session. *Registration required.