Indigenous Programming

In Conversation with Max Fineday 

Brodie Fireside Reading Room - Wednesday, September 18 @ 6 pm

How can we as Indigenous young people, best thrive under a settler-colonial state? As Anishinaabeg, how can we develop as leaders - considering the racist context of Thunder Bay? How can we as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit young people, best care for each other when we face white supremacy and misogyny? Join us for a panel discussion where we discuss these topics! Max Fineday will join us to host the panel.

Max FineDay is a nêhiyaw napew from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory. He is currently serving as Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, a recognized leader in delivering reconciliation programming to Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth across the country. Max is passionate about training the next generation of youth leaders, understanding how to make change, and increasing access to traditional ceremonies for Indigenous youth.

In his spare time Max can be found serving as an advisor to the President of the Economic Club of Canada, the Laidlaw Foundation and serving on the interim National Council on Reconciliation. Max divides his time between Toronto, Saskatoon, and many other places.

He can often be found laughing at his own jokes, or on twitter: Max FineDay

A meal will be provided at this event. 

Panelists include:
Indigenous food sovereignty activist, Jessica McLaughlin
Film maker, poet and Indigenous youth activist, Ardelle Sagutcheway

Maawandoo’itiwin Language Gathering


The Thunder Bay Public Library is hosting its first language gathering to celebrate the UN’s 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Waverley Park (rain location inside Waverley Community Hub – Auditorium) from 11 am – 6 pm.

We are planning a full day of fun games and activities including puppet shows, Ojibwe reading circles, Ojibwe & Oji-Cree Bingo! and more for language learners of all ages.

If you are an organization that supports Indigenous language revitalization and offer language programs and resources for Ojibwe, Ojicree, and/or Cree learner and speakers, we invite you to participate in this event as an information booth provider. To register, contact Robyn at

We hope that this gathering will also inspire you to get creative and develop a fun and interactive game or activity to support Indigenous children, youth and families in their learning journey.

Our vision for this gathering is to create a safe and respectful environment for Indigenous children, youth and families to learn, laugh and heal together through Ojibwe, Ojicree and Cree stories, songs, games, activities and more.


Superheroes and NDNs with Nigaan Sinclair

Join us on Sept 23rd for a discussion of superheros and their interactions with Indigenous peoples. Dr. Niigaan Sinclair will be joining us from #TreatyOne territory. It will be followed by a workshop on how to create your own graphic novel. We will also be giving out free copies of Niigaan's latest graphic novel on Oka, a story within the "This Place: 150 Years Retold" anthology.

23 Sept. 7pm. Brodie.