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Throughout the month of September, Brampton Library youth volunteers have focused on Truth and Reconciliation issues. They have read books, watched films, and discussed the tragedies that have occurred. We are grateful for their passion and commitment and pleased to share their poems here:


The Unmasked Truth

by Adiba Hoque

On the 30th of September,

We come together and remember,

The awful things that have been done,

To the young kids who had not seen their families for the longest time,

We thought it was acceptable until we knew it was a crime,

Stripping their culture from their heart and their mind,

As we remember those residential schools on Orange Shirt Day,

We also remember the deep scars they have welded into Indigenous people’s lives

  

Lost Words: The Silent Genocide

by Harmit Saini: 


I lost my speech 

You snatched it from me 

Years of being silenced and unvoiced; 

The language I spoke was a taboo and forbidden  

Eventually lost with time 


It was taken from me; 

Today; I speak like you 

I interact like you 

I do you 

I am you!


I speak one language out here 

and another language at home 

However, I fantasize about one language, 

One language only. 

My mother tongue.


The one that prevails 

My heritage and family roots.

 

Sands of change 

by Binaisha Dhillon 

(Told in first person)


Sea of sand,

Sands of time,

I walk on these sands alongside all of you,

Yet my feet burn with each step.

Beneath these sandy shores, buried far out of sight, lay burning embers.


It seems as though only my people and I feel these embers on this journey of life we as humans share.


Some of us stopped walking, 

They sat down and with them stayed their stories and gifts.

I nor anyone else on these shores will ever learn their history.


These embers may continue to burn my feet but I won’t stop walking.


I won’t stop until the sea can cool these embers so that my people may not suffer in silence anymore,

I will walk so no more stories and traditions are lost to the pain and suffering caused by these hidden embers,


I will walk on until the sands of time bring us change.

 

Horrors

by Janvi Paul  


Every child matters

To honour we must hear the stories that’ll make your heart shatter


Taken from their families and homes 

Only to be shoved into the dark unknown 

The government thought of this as a victory 

The unknown is known throughout history… 

As residential schools

Cruel afternoons filled with abuse.


It really is a reality 

That the indigenous children suffered brutality.

They are true warriors 

Having to see the horror, torture and slaughter 

Safety there was a bluff

Their eyes have seen more than enough 


Making it hard to sleep

They lie in bed with eyes that weep 

And as they rise from their bitter beds

Another day they have to face with never ending dread.


More than 600 children found dead 

The tears their families must’ve shed

All unmarked graves 

Bodies hidden for decades. 


An apology isn’t enough to show regret 

So, after all that lets not forget 

Their culture is beautiful, stolen and deep

As a community we were weak

For those children and families we should’ve stood together in unity

To help protect their identity


To honour the indigenous children’s battles 

Speak up about what’s right because every child matters.

 

A Broken Record 

by Fatima Ahmed : 

His tears dashed down his face leaving streaks marring his innocence 

His childhood was lost to time the moment he stepped foot into the wretched halls of that school 

Each soul altering step he took through those halls took him further from the angelic boy he once was, yet to be tainted with the monstrosities of the land he called home, and closer to the man he one day would be

A man lost to the perils of grief, mourning a childhood he never had 

It drew closer day by day 

Moment by moment 

He stood paralyzed as they took his very essence 

"Beat the Indian out of the boy," they said  

He fears he may have lost the boy to the beating along the way

For the man that stood before him was barely that 

A shattered relic 

A recollection of travesties perpetrated against his people 

A broken record loved once, but now and henceforth lost to the perils of humanity and its woes 

 

The Search for a Forgotten Boy

by Krupa Dave

As “78” stands under the towering ceiling of the dormitory,

There’s no feeling other than imprisonment that confines them in.

An unfamiliar memory of a boy locked in his mind like a repository,

Amidst the cries, he tries to recall him

 

His consciousness hangs on to the swirls and echoes of a lost and forgotten world.

As the ghost of memories visit his dreams, he can’t help but ponder -

The whispers of a native tongue as they unfurl,

A joyous family in the distance laughs yonder.

 

The last embrace the boy shared with his mother before he was taken captive.

The smell of campfires, wood and home felt distant yet so familiar.

As he looks in the mirror, he doesn’t seem to recognize a reflection so adaptive. 

The boy’s once long hair, ghost of a smile, and spirit had never looked so conciliar.

“78” puts his head down to grieve the boy.

 

Did he bury him somewhere inside of him?

The long-lost forgotten boy.

The boy who once went by a name, not a number.

Him.

As we do before beginning a Library program, I am pleased to offer our land acknowledgment here:  

We would like to acknowledge that we are gathering here today on the Treaty Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and before them, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Huron and Wendat. We also acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other global Indigenous people that now call Brampton their home. We are honoured to live, work and enjoy this land.

As we approach the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, I want to encourage all residents of Brampton to take some time to reflect on the tragedies of the past in light of our hopes for the future.

This new holiday was created as a result of one of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). While it was introduced for federally regulated employers only, the City of Brampton has also chosen to recognize this holiday, as a sign of its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, to underscore the importance of reflection, and to provide all staff with time for related events and education. For these reasons, all Brampton Library branches will also be closed on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

This comes at the right time. Canadians have been awakened this year to the injustice of the Indigenous residential school system with the discoveries of the graves of children who perished as a result. But in reality, this is not news. The TRC and multiple survivors have been telling the truth for decades about a system of forced removal of children from their communities in a misguided attempt to assimilate them. The result is also well known: sexual and physical abuse, malnutrition, and loss of language and culture, leading to a crisis of alienation and a cycle of abuse that continues today.

For myself, my greatest learning experience was at the 2018 Saskatchewan Library Association conference, where the Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) held its National Forum. (I am currently CFLA Chair). The SLA organized a blanket exercise where participants are assigned historical roles and guided through a sombre, inexorable loss of Indigenous land and rights symbolized by the shrinking of the space occupied by the blankets they sit on. For me, the exercise brought the tragic past into focus in a moving way.

Libraries have a role to play in spreading truth and promoting reconciliation. As institutions of learning, discovery, and inclusion, it is our responsibility to ensure that voices that have not been heard are amplified, and to create empathy for those that have been mistreated in Canada’s past, so that we can create a shared future based on respect for our mutual rights. On September 30, I challenge you to listen to at least one of these voices.

You can start with these reading lists for all ages, recommended by Brampton Library staff. Click here for our list of books for adults and here for Truth and Reconciliation titles for children and teens. On cloudLibrary, click here to discover these reads for adults and click here for children and teens. I’m also pleased to share details of the First Nation Communities Read 2021/2022. Click here to view the adult and teen shortlist. Click here to view the children’s shortlist.

The City of Brampton will recognize Truth and Reconciliation Week by raising the Every Child Matters flag from September 27 - October 1, 2021.  On September 30, the flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-mast and the Brampton City Hall Clock Tower will be lit orange. Tune in to the City’s Introduction to Indigenization program with guest speaker Kelly Fran Davis on Thursday, September 30 at 10:00 am. Click here for more information.

There are also events, mostly virtual, happening this year in our community and across the country. The Peel Museum, Art Gallery, and Archives (PAMA) is hosting an all-day outdoor live art installation called #hopeandhealingcanada as part of Culture Days 2021, just a short walk from our Four Corners Branch at 9 Wellington Street East in downtown Brampton. I also recommend the virtual events at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and look forward to this drumming circle program. Together, we can take steps toward understanding and healing.

All Brampton Library Branches Open to Serve You on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 

Written by Todd Kyle, Chief Executive Officer 

In my last blog, I expressed hope that we would reopen our remaining branches by the end of summer, and I am thrilled to announce that it is possible to keep my promise, with all eight branch libraries open to serve you, beginning next Tuesday.

On behalf of our Library Board members, staff, and volunteers, thank you for your patience! We know that you have missed us and we have truly missed all of you. It’s been a long wait.

As libraries were permitted to reopen and to offer browsing and study with capacity limits, we chose to take a cautious approach, opening our stand-alone branches for limited hours, while offering Curbside Pickup where we share space with a school, recreation centre, or early childhood centre.

I am delighted to confirm that we have now made arrangements with our partners to safely open Gore Meadows, Mount Pleasant Village, and South Fletcher’s Branch Libraries. Starting on Tuesday, September 7th, these branches, plus Chinguacousy, Cyril Clark, Four Corners, and Springdale, will be open Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Our South West Branch Library in the Lionhead Marketplace will be open when the EarlyON centre that shares our space is closed, as noted below. 

As of this Tuesday, September 7, South West Branch Library will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. This branch is closed on Sundays and Mondays. 

All of our locations will be open for you to discover, borrow, browse, relax, study, and access our computers and Chromebooks, while observing masking and physical distancing guidelines. For the time being, in-person programming and group activities, including our MakerSpaces, remain unavailable. For more information about virtual programming, click Calendar of Events on our homepage.

While this is wonderful news to share, we still face uncertainty in this pandemic: vaccination rates are high, but case counts have risen with the spread of the Delta variant. The successful reopening of all our library branches and the community as a whole requires a high rate of vaccination. My message to you is to get vaccinated as soon as you can. To find out more, visit the Peel Public Health website, call the provincial booking line at 1 (833) 943-3900 (TTY: 1(866) 797-0007), click the link on the top of every page of our website, and follow our retweets on Twitter.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to your favourite branch on Tuesday, September 7th!



September 20 - 26 is Science Literacy Week, in partnership with hundreds of libraries and other organizations across Canada. Here at Brampton Library, we are excited to share this year’s theme, C is for Climate, with programs for all ages and wonderful resources recommended by our staff. 

 

Avid gardeners, and those interested in becoming gardeners, are sure to be intrigued by Gardening in a Changing Climate presented by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for participants aged 19+. This webinar examines how climate change is rapidly impacting natural spaces on a global and local scale, including our own gardens. Learn how to build resiliency, and your own understanding of our changing landscape, on September 23 from 2:00 -- 3:00 pm. 

We are thrilled to welcome Indus Space to present their virtual program  Marsbound: Mission to the Red Planet, a 3-part game and workshop. A team of space educators will lead tweens and teens on a simulated mission to Mars! They will be challenged to design a technical solution to a science question.  

Your Brampton Library card gives you a free all-access pass to a wide range of eResources and video streaming options (sign up today!). Consider Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture; Here you will find millions of articles focusing on the practical and scientific aspects of horticultural studies, aimed at gardening enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Or, watch some thought-provoking films for Science Literacy week from Kanopy’s wide selection on Science, Nature and Technology. Discover IMAX: Hubble, Intelligent Trees, 2040 and more! 

To register for these programs and many others, head over to the Calendar of Events on our website and select the dates that interest you.

To learn more about Science Literacy Week, click here.

Links to reading lists:

C is For Climate Change | Adults 

C is For Climate Change | Kids

Back to School is right around the corner, and Brampton Library is here to help, with new and tried-and-true online learning resources, all free with your Brampton Library card.

Here are our picks for elementary school students:

Brainfuse HelpNow - Available to Brampton Library cardholders starting September 1, Brainfuse is an online learning service that includes tutoring, homework and writing help, test preparation resources and more to support academic success for K-12 students and beyond. 

One of the most exciting services available through Brainfuse HelpNow is Live Tutoring, which connects students with one-on-one help from a tutor, and is available everyday from 2:00pm to 11:00pm. Students work through homework problems with tutors using virtual chat and an interactive whiteboard. All tutors are trained in the Ontario curriculum and assistance is available in both English and French, making Brainfuse the perfect sidekick for learning. 

As a parent, if you’re looking for ways to reinforce lessons and enhance learning outside the classroom, check out SkillSurfer in Brainfuse HelpNow. This online selection of lessons, tutorials and practice tests is a great place to find supplementary support for your child - there’s practice tests for every grade and subject, and even test prep materials for the EQAO.

TumbleMath - Reading is FUNdamental! Brought to you by the creators of Tumblebooks, TumbleMath delivers the best of reading and math in a collection of animated online storybooks. 

This resource is designed for grades K-6, covering a wide range of math concepts including addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions, geometry, probability, and more. Some of our favourites include How Many Jelly Beans, A Thousand Theos, and The Great Graph Contest.

The story books come with supplemental materials including lesson plans, videos, games, and quizzes. As a parent, you can use these to guide learning at home. You can also easily fit TumbleMath in with homework hour or as a bedtime story. Get the family together and just hit play to see how engaging, memorable and fun math lessons can be with a TumbleMath story.

Here are our picks for high school students 

Gale General OneFile - Designed to support students and make the research experience uncomplicated, Gale General OneFile gives you access to millions of articles in one easy to search platform. We think it’s a must-try resource for high school research, and here are just a few perks:

  • You can create Highlights and Notes in articles to keep track of important information you need for later. You can also download or send articles directly to your email, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive - making it easy to keep your research and notes organized in one place!
  • Citing sources is time-consuming work that can be frustrating for students, but here’s where Gale General OneFile comes in. Click ‘Cite’ for any article, image, or video, and you’ll instantly get a citation in your choice of MLA, APA, or Chicago style. Simply copy and paste it right into your bibliography - all done!

Be it finding supporting evidence for your paper, researching for a presentation, or reading more about a topic, Gale General OneFile can help to find trustworthy information in a stress-free way.

LinkedIn Learning - A new school year marks a fresh start! Help the student(s) in your life kick off this year’s classes on the right note and stay motivated. Even when assignments and extra-curriculars start piling up, we have resources that can help. Let LinkedIn Learning help you to encourage building good habits to achieve the best possible school-life balance. 

LinkedIn Learning is an excellent resource for business, tech and creative professionals, but did you know they also offer a wide range of free online courses that can benefit high school students? Courses are self-paced and available anytime, giving students the freedom to fit in a lesson or two in a way that works best for them.

For a place to start, check out these courses to learn valuable skills for school and life.

Learn with us! Brampton Library’s online collections and resources are available 24/7 to suit your needs.

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