Welcome to the second year of the Library's Honouring Reconciliation programming.  

As we contiue to honour Indigenous peoples in Canada, we will expand our awarenes of the strength and resilience Indigenous peoples have shown in the face of intolerance, a lack of understanding and racism.

Background

In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) began a multi-year process to listen to survivors, communities and others affected by the Residential School system. In 2015, the TRC released a report—Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future—that included 94 Calls to Action to "redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” The report outlines that “governments, churches, educational institutions, and Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us." 

As a public institution that supports learning for adults and youth in our community, our Library has an important role to play in reconciliation. 

2017 marked the beginning of the Library's Honouring Reconciliation programming to expand understanding of local Indigenous history, the impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples. Our Honouring Reconciliation 2017 webpage provides information on the activites held, and biographical information on the Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples who gave their time and expertise and made these activities possible. Our Alliance 150 Report provide an overview of the impacts of the first year's program

The Library will continue to offer programs and activities in subsequent years to promote knowledge, understanding and dialogue, recognizing that reconciliation is an ongoing practice that will shape our community for the next 150 years and beyond.

We acknowledge the Squamish Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam People, who since time immemorial have lived on the land now referred to as the Greater Vancouver and Sea to Sky regions. 


Our 2018 Program

Honouring Reconciliation Hearing the Truth Reading Challenge

We invite you to explore a selection of titles from Reconciliation Book List curated by Chief Robert Joseph of Reconciliation Canada. 

Reading Challenge participants will read one or more books from Chief Joseph's book list, and attend a Reading Circle to discuss one of the books below. 

Reading Circles

Library facilitators will host reading circles where partipants have the opportunity to discuss the issues and themes in two of the titles from Chief Robert Joseph's book list.

Indian Horse by Robert Wagamese, Thursday, September 20, 7 – 8:30 p.m., or Saturday, October 20, 2 –3:30 p.m.

The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, Thursday, October 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m., or Wednesday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration is required.  

Indian Horse – cOMMUNITY fILM sCREENING

 An adaptation of Richard Wagamese's award-winning novel, this moving film sheds light on the dark history of Canada's Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous peoples.

Presented by West Vancouver Memorial Library and Kay Meek Centre with the participation of members of the Squamish Nation.  

Thursday, September 27, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Kay / Meek Theatre. Free admission.

Short biography of Richard Wagamese 
Film website 

 learning circles

 

Chief Janice George / Chepximiya Siyam’, Our Cultural Program Advisor
Chief Janice George / Chepximiya Siyam’ is a master weaver and teaching artist from the Squamish Nation. She graduated from Capilano University, North Vancouver, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. She feels her education at these schools helped her excel as a teacher, adding to her most important traditional teachings. She is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. George co-organized the first Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers. George and her husband Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph co-founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving. Janice has integrated the Squamish teachings from Late Grandmother Kwitelut-t Lena Jacobs who was directly connected to pre-contact times, and other Squamish ancestors into her teachings. George states, “In this short time of my weaving life a few of my mentors have left this earth, their breathe is carried on in the teachings I pass on. I feel and see the pride that comes from reclaiming our inheritance from our elders and ancestors when we weave and when we wear our beloved weavings. We are taught spiritual protection is part of what we are wearing and feel the love that is put in each hand movement it takes to make a robe.”

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bentwood Box

Bentwood Box Image: Carved by Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bentwood Box is a lasting tribute to all Indian Residential School Survivors. The carved panels represent the unique cultures of former First Nations, Inuit and Métis