Friday, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the Canadian government calls upon us to “celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievement of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis!” On the day following, Edmonton’s own Indigenous Peoples Festival will take place. And on the 23rd, Southminster-Steinhauer United Church will mark this occasion in its Sunday service.
But for the SSUC Library, this focus will go on: beginning in July, and all through the remainder of 2019, “Library Learnings” essays will point up Indigeneity. It’s such a newsworthy subject nowadays, as we learn about…to cite just two page-one examples…Indigenous groups eyeing the purchase of a pipeline, and the report and recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Coverage will begin on July 19, when the Canadian Geographic’s new and admirable Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada will be pointed up. Then, beginning on September 6, Indigenous religion and spirituality will be pored over in an informative four-part series of essays: following the initial entry—it will serve as an overview—the remaining instalments will be posted to the Library’s webpage at four-week intervals. Do keep an eye out.