National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The new federal statutory holiday will honour those who survived residential schools, those whose lives were lost and those whose suffering and trauma is ongoing.

Until now, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day for Canadians to raise awareness of the history, harm and legacies of the Canadian residential school system by wearing the colour orange.

This holiday was established in response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:
“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

The Squamish Public Library has materials for all ages to learn about Indigenous history, including the Indian Residential School experience and the ongoing Truth & Reconciliation process.
Find suggested resources, both from the library and elsewhere at
Tonight: Honouring Residential School Survivors
Wednesday // September 29 // 7-8:30 pm // online
Join the Library tonight in honouring and listening to Squamish Nation Elders, survivors of Canada’s Indian Residential School system:

Kiyowil Bob Baker
(attended St. Michael’s in Alert Bay)

Chésha7 Gwen Harry
(attended St. Michael’s in Alert Bay)

Humteya Shirley Toman
(attended St. Paul’s in North Vancouver)

Introduction and moderation by
TlatlaKwot Christine Baker.

Please register here for this virtual event.
Truth and Reconciliation Commemoration Event
Thursday, September 30 // 1 - 3 pm // O'Siyam Pavilion

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation members invite the community to honour, remember and pay respects to the survivors of the residential schools and those who never made it home. The event also aims to celebrate the resilience of Indigenous Peoples and the resurgence and reclamation of their ancestral teachings.
Community Book Give-Away
Thursday, September 30 // 1 - 3 pm // O'Siyam Pavilion

Although we will be closed on Thursday, September 30, the library will be at O'Siyam Pavilion between 1 - 3 pm.

We have over 50 books about residential schools to give to the community, including fiction and non-fiction titles for all ages, while supplies last.
Find your next Read:
Residential Schools

A selection of library materials relating to the Residential School experience in Canada, including first person accounts from survivors, books for children, and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Picture and Junior Books about Residential Schools
The following ten books reflect on the residential school experience in different ways. They have all been identified as age-appropriate for children under 12 by reputable organizations, like FNESC and Project of Heart.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Sea to Sky Community Book Club
21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act
Thursdays // October 7 / 14 / 21 / 28 //
7 - 8:30 pm // online

All Sea-to-Sky residents are invited to a four-part discussion of the book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph.
Everyone is welcome to join this virtual reading group. Please be prepared to join all four sessions!
Get Creative
Art Hour with the Library
Wednesday // October 6 // 7 - 8 pm // online
(First Wednesday of every month)

Come make art together!
In this hour, we will watch a short video on a specific art technique or skill, practice together, and share our art projects with the group.
Everyone welcome. Free and online.

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up.
Quest Lecture Series
Supply Chain’s Impact On Everyday Life
Tuesday // October 12 // 7 - 8:30 pm // online
(Second Tuesday of every month)

Due to covid, the demand for certain products increased, for example, toilet paper, hand sanitizers, masks, etc. Those products immediately got more expensive for the end consumer. Why?
Writing Workshop
Rotters, Losers, Creeps & Thieves: Making bad guys good – with Katherine Fawcett
Tuesday // October 26 // 6:30 - 8 pm // online

Join award-winning author Katherine Fawcett for a 1.5-hour workshop and discussion on the craft of writing, and specifically on building empathy for the jerks in your stories. Be prepared for some inventive creative writing exercises to get the juices flowing. Protagonists and antagonists welcome!

Registration:
Email library@squamish.ca to sign up.
Storytime:
Coming Soon:
Indoor Family and Baby Storytimes
The last outdoor family Storytime in the park will be taking place this Friday, October 1, at 10 AM.

Stay posted for more info coming soon about our indoor Storytimes at the library!
Upcoming Library Closures

September 30, 2021
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

October 11, 2021
Thanksgiving

October 14, 2021
Professional Development Day
Visiting Library Service
Our Visiting Library Service provides free home delivery of library materials & resources to seniors or Elders in the community.

Through this program, volunteer library ambassadors provide personal phone calls and connections to patrons, reserve and deliver library materials and resources. This service adheres to Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

For more info and to register,

Or contact the library at visitinglibrary@squamish.ca or 604-892-3110.
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