Past Events

Phyllis Webstad: the Orange Shirt Story

The Orange Shirt Story is a true story accessible to by all ages about author Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) and her experience at a residential school when she was six years old. On Oct. 14, 2018, in partnership with Safe and Caring Schools, customers joined Phyllis at our Mill Woods Branch or our Londonderry Branch as Phyllis shared an interactive and engaging story about her personal experience followed by a question and answer session.

Voice for the Voiceless: A Speaker Panel on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) and the University of Alberta hosted a moderated speaker panel on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Panelists included: Melanie Omeniho, President of Women of the Métis Nation, Sara Howdle, Coordinator for the Indigenous Women and Youth Resilience Project at the University of Alberta, and Danielle Boudreau, activist and organizer of Edmonton's MMIWG March. Tanya Kappo, Edmonton lawyer and early organizer of the Idle No More movement will be the moderator. 

Film Screening: Birth of a Family

On March 8, 2018, Edmontonians had the chance to experience the story of four Indigenous people who were victims of the Sixties Scoop in the documentary - Birth of a Family.

Indigenous History: Racial Biology, Assimilation and Identity.

EPL, in partnership with the University of Alberta, invited Edmontonians to attend the film screening of Sami Blood. The event called Indigenous History: Racial Biology, Assimilation and Identity explored the history of the Sami people and the complexities of race and resilience with the participation of Sami scholar, Kaisa Huuva


Confronting Canadian History with James Daschuk

On January 30, 2018, historian and author, James Daschuk, discussed his award-winning book Clearing the Plains at Strathcona Branch. Clearing the Plains pieces together a shameful history: one of intentional starvation, disease, neglect of treaties and a legacy of colonialism that continues to impact Indigenous people today.


Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada

Edmontonians had the opportunity to explore some of the rich history of the Métis Nation by visiting the exhibit: Hiding in Plain Sight - Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The travelling exhibition was on display at the University of Alberta, Enterprise Square Gallery from November 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018. 

The exhibition explored the portrayal of the Métis people—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight “-- in reproductions of artworks and photographic collections as well as in the accompanying archival descriptions, and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation.

The exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.  

Voices of Amiskwaciy: Our Stories

On December 6 at Citadel Theatre, EPL premiered the digital stories of some community members who had shared their stories through the Voices of Amiskwaciy project. This evening was hosted by local author and storyteller, Richard Van Camp.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from these storytellers in person and enjoy live performances from Indigenous artists. We also recognized the amazing work of those who have helped make the Voices of Amiskwaciy project and Indigenous Canada MOOC possible.


Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation 

On November 15, the opening of the exhibition: Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada took place.

At this event, Marilyn Lizée discussed the Metis history and culture in Alberta in a special presentation at the University of Alberta Enterprise Square Gallery. This event was in collaboration with Métis Nation of Alberta, Library and Archives Canada and University of Alberta.

The travelling exhibition is on display at the University of Alberta, Enterprise Square Gallery, in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018.

The Scarred/Sacred Water: Attention Please.


On October 12 at Mill Woods Branch, Tanya Harnett, local artist and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, brought attention to the contaminated waters on First Nations reserves in the photographic series: The Scarred/Sacred Water: Attention Please.


 Indigenous Canada Launch Event with Matthew Wildcat

On August 24, U of A Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Political Science Instructor, Matthew Wildcat, discussed the political implications of Treaty 6 Territory. 



What Does Reconciliation Look Like?


On June 29 EPL held a distinguished panel discussion with Canadian and international leaders in reconciliation participating in the Canadian Nelson Mandela Dialogues.

Moderated by Dr. Patti Laboucane-Benson,  the panel discussed their diverse perspectives on colonial histories and reconciliation. This event was in partnership with the Enoch Cree Nation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Native Counselling Services of Alberta.

Film Screening: Angry Inuk

On May 8, 2017, EPL screened Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's documentary, Angry Inuk.

The film showcased the campaign of the Inuit to challenge long-held perceptions of the seal hunt.

A Question and Answer session was also held following the film screening.


On the Edge: I Remember Standing by the Window Listening for the Dog Bells


On April 4, 2017, Crystal Fraser presented the student experiences during the 1960's and 1970's at Northern Indian Residential Schools. Diane, a Gwich'in student from Fort McPherson, recalls her time at Fleming Hall, one residential school belonging to a network of child institutions in the Northwest Territories. Diane, like others, endured various hardships while institutionalized, but memories of family and enduring relationships with other students allowed her a sense of belonging and happiness. This presentation will explore how students spent their time while institutionalized, which included sports, recreations, and friendship.

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