FIRST NATIONS PUBLIC LIBRARY WEEK
- The purpose of First Nations Public Library Week in First Nation communities is to increase local awareness and gain support for the library’s role in the community.
- The purpose of First Nations Public Library Week beyond First Nation communities is to increase awareness regarding:
- First Nation peoples and cultures, past and present.
- The importance of making available materials that portray First Nations accurately and sensitively.
- The celebration is developed annually by a committee of First Nation public librarians.
- The planning committee consists of a minimum of two representatives from southern First Nation Public Libraries and two representatives from northern First Nation Public Libraries. A representative from Ontario Library Service – North also sits on the committee as a non-voting member.
- The committee is supported by Ontario Library Service – North in collaboration with the Southern Ontario Library Service.
- Each year the First Nations Public Library Week Planning Committee determines a theme and seeks an Indigenous artist to create an original poster.
- Every year one community will host the launch of First Nations Public Library Week. The launch is coordinated by the community’s public library and Ontario Library Service–North. The launch is a celebration that brings together provincial dignitaries and guests, local libraries, and First Nation communities.
Seeking planning committee members!
The First Nations Public Library Week Planning Committee is charged with the planning, coordination and program development associated with delivering an annual library promotion week in and beyond First Nation communities.
(2) representatives from northern First Nation public libraries
(2) representative from southern First Nation public libraries
(1) Ontario Library Service – North Capacity Building Advisor
- Attend meetings regularly via teleconference, generally on a monthly basis beginning in June and concluding in May of the following year.
- Become familiar with the history and intent of FNPL Week.
- Be willing and able to share ideas and expertise.
- Discuss, make recommendations and assist with the development of First Nations Public Library Week materials and programs.
- Be willing to take on tasks assigned throughout the planning process.
- Be willing to share the committee’s planning experience with future committee members.
- Be willing to represent the committee at workshops and conferences, as requested or required.
Contact Deanna Nebenionquit if you are interested in becoming a committee member.
Deanna Nebenionquit, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-461-6348 ext. 229.