We acknowledge that the City of Thunder Bay has been built on the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. We also recognize the contributions made to our community by the Métis people.
The official grand opening of the Library's Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKC) was celebrated on October 30, 2018 at the Waverley Community Hub Library.
We have developed Indigenous Knowledge Centres at each of the four libraries. Each Indigenous Knowledge Centre is a visual representation of our commitment to providing learning materials and resources on Indigenous peoples in Canadian history, treaties, residential schools legacy records and information written by Indigenous curators.
Learners of all ages will find information on key subject areas and themes identified by our Indigenous community as being relevant for retaining and sharing. It will be much easier for staff and the public to find these materials in one space, rather than having to navigate the subject classifications in our catalogue or to browse through the many different sections where the material would otherwise be located.
This project was one of the recommendations in the Library's Relationship Building and Reconciliation Action Plan. It furthers our strategic directions of providing a library which promotes social inclusion and fosters lifelong learning and community well being. It speaks directly to our core mission of encouraging a deeper and stronger connection to our community and honouring our roots.