We wish to acknowledge this land on which we gather as Treaty 4 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, Saulteaux and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Regina Public Library is committed to working together with Indigenous peoples as we take an important step forward on the pathway of collaboration, reconciliation, and change.
Here you'll find programs, services and resources that support and celebrate Indigenous culture, traditions and histories.
We've included traditional and contemporary resources that reflect cross cultural awareness, education and understanding for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. These programs, resources and services create opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of reconciliation.
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Explore and learn about Métis culture, traditions, music, dance, and food with online and in-person programs this fall.
Oct 22: Celebrate Métis Culture: Albert Branch Community Event
- Online via Zoom: Hear from local Métis people on their history, the Michif language, and tap your toes to some fantastic fiddle music.
Oct 23: Celebrate Métis Culture: George Bothwell Community Event
- In-person at George Bothwell Branch: Learn about Métis traditions and attend a Red River cart demonstration.
Oct 24: Louis Riel Birthday Celebration
- In-person at Central Library: Learn about the history and construction of Red River Carts from George Fayant.
Oct 24: Métis Fiddle Tunes
- In-person at Sherwood Village Branch: Listen to and learn the stories behind old-time Métis fiddle tunes.
Oct 26: Traditional Métis Floral Beadwork
- In-person at Sunrise Branch: Learn about the traditional style of Métis floral beadwork and how to bead traditional Métis flower designs. This is a 3-part program with sessions on Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 - please plan to attend all 3 sessions.
Oct 30: Pointillism and Métis Dot Painting
- In-person at Sherwood Village Branch: Ages 6 to 12. Learn about Métis beadwork designs as you explore a painting technique called pointillism.
Nov 3: Traditional Métis Floral Beadwork
- Online via Zoom: Learn about the traditional style of Métis floral beadwork and how to bead traditional Métis flower designs. This is a 3-part program with sessions on Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 - please plan to attend all 3 sessions.
Nov 4: Celebrate Métis Culture: Regent Place Branch Community Event
- In-person at Regent Place Branch: Hear songs that capture the history and spirit of the Métis fiddle.
Nov 13: Puppet Show: Little Blue Riding Hood and Run Away Bannock
- In-person at Sunrise Branch: A performance of Métis-adapted fairy tales, followed by a puppet-making craft.
Nov 14: Puppet Show: Little Blue Riding Hood and Run Away Bannock
- In-person at Glen Elm Branch: A performance of Métis-adapted fairy tales, followed by a puppet-making craft.
RPL offers Indigenous programming year-round. Visit our programs page to see what's available.
Decolonizing YQR Workshop Series
The Regina Public Library and Reconciliation Regina present a monthly workshop series exploring decolonization through 2021. Facilitated by Indigenous community leaders for audiences of any ancestry, these workshops will create a space where we can begin to explore decolonizing ourselves, practice taking personal responsibility for our beliefs and actions, and build allegiance with centuries of Indigenous resistance. All are welcome.
October 19: Decolonizing the Workplace
November 23: TBD
National Indigenous History Month Colouring Page
Download the NIHM colouring page, colour it, and then display your finished art on your front window.
Selections of films from the RPL Film Theatre collection
Indigenous Word of the Week:
We learned a word each week in one of the six languages spoken in Treaty 4 this summer. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram every Tuesday for the latest edition of our 30 second video tutorials.
1 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Hello in Michif
2 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Thank you in Michif
3 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Hello in Saulteaux
4 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Thank you in Saulteaux
5 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Hello in Cree
6 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Thank you in Cree
7 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Hello in Dakota
8 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Thank you in Dakota
9 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Hello in Lakota
10 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Thank You in Lakota
11 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Hello in Nakoda
12 - Indigenous Word of the Week - Thank you in Nakoda
13 - Indigenous Word of the Week - I Love You in Cree
Five Phrases Videos:
1 - Indigenous Word of the Week - 5 Phrases in Michif
2 - Indigenous Word of the Week - 5 Phrases in Cree
3 - Indigenous Word of the Week - 5 Phrases in Dakota
4 - Indigenous Word of the Week - 5 Phrases in Lakota
5 - Indigenous Word of the Week - 5 Phrases in Nakoda
From Dunlop Art Gallery
The RPL Dunlop Art Gallery proudly represents Indigenous artists, and in 2021 alone has acquired permanent or long-term works by four prominent Indigenous artists.
Anishinaabe artist Jaime Black’s REDress installation is a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us. Through her work, Black draws attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Indigenous women and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence. These photographs will be installed at Albert Branch.
Two murals by renowned Saskatchewan artist Daphne Boyer, All my Relations and For Clémence, celebrate her Metis and Fransaskois heritage. These murals will be located at Central Library and Sherwood Village Branch until April 2022.
(Left) Daphne Boyer, All My Relations, vinyl, 2021. Central Library. Photo by Don Hall.
(Right) Daphne Boyer, For Clémence, vinyl, 2021. Sherwood Village Branch. Photo by Don Hall.
Jeffrey Veregge’s Stark is installed in Regent Place Branch, Last Son is installed at Connaught Branch, and She’s Got it Where it Counts at Glen Elm Branch. Veregge combines references to popular comic icons with imagery of his S’Klallum (Port Gamble/Coast Salish) ancestors.
Jeffrey Veregge, Stark, print, 2013.
David Garneau’s Métis in the Academy and Displacement, Indigenous Scholarship come from a series of still life paintings that explore the artist’s complex experience of living as a contemporary Indigenous person, academic, and artist. Métis in the Academy is available to view at Prince of Wales Branch.
(Left) David Garneau, Métis in the Academy, acrylic on canvas, 2019
(Right) David Garneau, Displacement, Indigenous Scholarship, acrylic on canvas, 2019.
Also available through Overdrive/Libby:
From the community:
Making bannock with the Sioux Chef
See the Sioux Chef in action making traditional oven bannock. He'll also share a few tips on how to give a boost to your baked bannock.
- Bannock-making recipe and demonstration: 0:00-6:15
- Interview with Chef Dickie Yuzicapi: 6:15-15:04
Tipi raising and sharing traditional tipi teachings
Learn about the teachings and values related to the tipi poles; for caring for ourselves, and living in balance. View this video to learn about construction, placement, and traditional teachings associated with the tipi.
From Regina Public Library:
Indigenous Word of the Week: Follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts for our 30 second Indigenous Word of the Week tutorials!
Video: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021: Bevann Fox, author of Genocidal Love: A Life After Residential School, honoured survivors and encouraged commitment to meaningful and lasting reconciliation in her Sept. 30 talk at Central Library. Watch the full program!
- Kanopy Indigenous film
- NFB Campus: Get great Canadian content from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), with free streaming video of NFB films. NFB Campus provides exclusive access to hundreds of films not available to the public on the main NFB site.
- Indigenous Peoples: North America: Collections from Canadian and American institutions, providing insight into the cultural, political and social history of Indigenous Peoples from the seventeenth into the twentieth century.
- CBC Docs: Canadians have been breaking their promises to Indigenous People
- Filmmaker Tasha Hubbard narrates a history of Indigenous peoples in the prairies and their relationship with the government, focusing on the events of the late nineteenth century.
- KAIROS Blanket Exercise: An educational workshop to help people understand the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
- Indigenous Canada: A free 12-lesson Massive Open Online course from the University of Alberta. It explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
- Knowledge Keepers: Sharing Stories from the Métis Community: an oral history project honouring Métis families of Indian Head and the Qu’Appelle Valley. We're grateful to the Indian Head Museum for allowing us access to view this film.
Cree: The Cree language has the largest speaker population of all of Canada’s First Nations languages
Ojibwe: Ojibwe has been called by many names including Anishinaabemowin, Ojibwe, Ojibway, Ojibwa, Southwestern Chippewa, and Chippewa. It is a Central Algonquian language spoken by the Anishinaabe people throughout much of Canada from Ontario to Manitoba and U.S. border states from Michigan to Montana.
Michif: Michif is a mixed language which combines Cree with French. For the most part, Michif uses Cree verbs, question words, and demonstratives while using French nouns.