Brampton Library is committed to presenting ongoing Indigenous programs that support the ongoing process of truth sharing and healing. We are working with Indigenous teachers and artists to develop programs and events that promote meaningful relationships in our community. We recognize the value of National Indigenous History Month in June and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation annually on September 30, but we want to do more. Here are some upcoming programs that we are pleased to share.

Author Visit and Hoop Dancing Demonstration

On family literacy day, January 27, join us to celebrate Indigenous storytelling and the traditional art of hoop dancing with Author Kristi White and her son River Christie-White.

South Fletcher’s, Friday, January 27, 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. 

Drum Circle with Kristin Tyrer

On January 31st, clear your mind, body, and soul through this therapeutic drum circle with Kristin Tyrer. Kristin Tyrer is Ililiwiskwew, a Cree woman from Moose Cree First Nation. Her passion for the revitalization of traditional Indigenous practices has driven her desire to support the Indigenous community.

Chinguacousy, Tuesday, January 31, 6 — 8 p.m.

Beading Session with Katie Longboat

Participants can learn about traditional beading practices and techniques from Katie Longboat, an Indigenous bead artist, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and currently residing in Toronto. Katie’s art is inspired by both Cree and Haudenosaunee beadwork styles, she finds inspiration from the natural world, her travels, and her family. Katie makes use of contemporary materials to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and artwork. A second beading session with Katie will take place in June. Registration for this session will open shortly.

Chinguacousy, Saturday, March 25, 1 — 3 p.m.

Chinguacousy, Saturday, June 17, 1 — 3 p.m. Registration is to open shortly.

Meditation Session with Laini Lascelles (Good Spirit Woman)

Clear your mind, body, and soul through this therapeutic meditation session with Laini Lascelles (Good Spirit Woman). Laini is a Traditional Healer originally from the Delaware Nation. She is Lenape, Anishinaabe and Mohawk. She started her own healing practice in the Toronto community with encouragement from the Elders and Healers who recognized she had a gift with her healing hands. Registration is to open shortly.

Medicine Bag Workshop with Kristin Tyrer

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, join Kristin Tyrer, a Cree woman from Moose Cree First Nation, in the making of medicine bags. She will walk participants through how to prepare and shape leather while teaching them about the traditional and current uses of medicine bags. Kristin will also be providing particular medicines to be placed in the bags. She will share information about how the medicines are used and open discussion about cultural appropriation. Registration is to open shortly.

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