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.
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.
Four Corners, Tuesday May 2, 6-8 p.m. Register here.
MakerFest: Regalia Discussion and Demonstration
Join indigenous dancer and regalia artist, DJ, to learn about the skill involved in this unique form of cultural expression. DJ will be joined by Kristi White, author of the Jay and Gizmo picture book series.
Chinguacousy, Saturday May 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration not required.
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.
Chinguacousy, Saturday June 10, 1 — 3 p.m. Register here.
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.
Cyril Clark, Tuesday June 20, 6-8 p.m. Register here.