Indigenous Services

Pop-Up Libraries

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

 

Pop-Up Libraries Schedule:

We bring the library to you!  

Cold Lake Native Friendship Centre : Thursdays 11:00 to 1:00pm  

Elizabeth Metis Settlement – TBA

Cold Lake First Nations – Elder's Centre  Tuesday from 11:30am  to 1:30pm

For more information, contact (780) 594-5101.

Prairie Indigenous E-book Collection (PIEC)

The titles available through PIEC are simultaneous check-outs, so there is no waiting on a holds list

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Tipi

On Summer 2022, the Cold Lake Public Library installed an Authentic Tipi in the Reading garden of the South Branch. This project was possible thanks to the financial support of our sponsors : the Government of Canada through their Prairies Canada Grant , TC Energy, Enbridge, Canadian Natural, City of Cold Lake, Northern Lights Library System, Cenovus , Primco Dene Group of Companies and Lakeland Credit Union. The grand opening ceremony was held on August 17, 2022.

Tipis were the homes of Indigenous Peoples and were used mainly by the groups that lived on the prairies. It is a symbolic structure with spiritual meaning and family values attached.

The structure has 15 poles and they hold many teachings: obedience, respect, humility, happiness, love, faith, kinship, cleanliness, thankfulness, sharing, strength, good child rearing, hope, protection and finally balance/clarity. They remind us of the good values that make up an honorable person. It teaches community, how to care for ourselves, how to care for others and how we bring ourselves together to live in harmony with all things.

The Tipi installed in the Library will give us a meeting place to learn and share the richness of our respective cultures.

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Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th, 2022 we had our first program at the Tipi in commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

We look forward to hosting more programs to bring our community together in this welcoming and inclusive space.