Indigenous Knowledge Keepers in Residence

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, the library is pleased to offer a series of six unique programs hosted by Indigenous knowledge keepers. All programs are offered on a drop-in basis, except the "Sage from Seeds to Smudge" online program on June 20.

Three Sisters Planting Experience

June 1, ARAS Community Growing Patch (22177 Wye Road)

Learn about companion gardening the Indigenous way. We will be planting Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) in the traditional way of working with the land. Apitah Kiskinew Piyesiw
(Southern Thunderbird), a.k.a. Chantelle Gray, of Mâskwa Medicine will lead us in both ceremony and planting. This program is designed for adults.

Métis Finger Weaving

June 5, Central Library

Join Hailey-Emma McRae from the Métis Nation of Alberta to learn the basics of Métis finger weaving. Finger weaving is used to create the iconic Metis sash. More than a decorative accessory, the sash represents identity, heritage, and resilience. This program is designed for participants from elementary age to adult.

Bringing the Land to the Littles

June 18, Central Library
Ages 0–5

Chantelle Grey will share indigenous teachings and her love of Mother Earth in this joyful family story time. 

Make a Salve

June 20, Central Library

Come and learn about Indigenous medicines, how to build beautiful relationships with plants, and heal with traditional ways of being with Chantelle Gray. You will have the opportunity to make a salve to take home. 

Sage from Seeds to Smudge

June 20, Online

Join Chantelle Gray to explore the importance and uses of sage and learn about smudging. Together we will make sage seed balls and learn a special way to send them back to the land.

Dandelion Resilience (and Tea)

June 26, Central Library

Join Bailey Oster, author and editor of Stories of Métis Women. Come and taste dandelion tea, learn about traditional uses for this plant and appreciate its resilience.


Can't join us? Wish to supplement your Indigenous History Month experiences? Browse through one of our reading lists to learn more.

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Learn about Indigenous experiences through these novels and nonfiction books.

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