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.

About Our Indigenous Knowledge Centres

Thunder Bay Public Library opened the first of our Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKC) in 2018 at the Waverley Resource Library. Since that time Indigenous Knowledge Centres have been created at each of our four branches, each serving as 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. By gathering these materials in one space we've made it easy for patrons to browse and find what they're looking for, and created opportunities to honour the Objibwe language - the most commonly-spoken Indigenous language in the Thunder Bay Area - with translated shelf signage.

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.

More About Our IKCs

Relationship Building and Reconciliation Action Plan

Developed to promote initiatives which advance reconciliation throughout the Thunder Bay Public Library system.

IKC Furniture Created In Partnership with Sheridan College

Stunning custom-made furnishings in our Brodie and Waverley IKCs are the product of a partnership with Sheridan College students.

Stories of Anishinaabe Resilience (SOAR) Project

Commemorated the history and legacy of St. Joseph’s Residential School, residential school survivors, families and communities.

Anti-Racism Initiative

Community consultations are being held as part of the Thunder Bay Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiative (CSMARI).

Indigenous Collection

Staff Recommendations

Staff Recommendations

Young Adult Fiction in the Indigenous Knowledge Centre

A selection of Young Adult books ranging from historical fiction to magical realism, exploring Indigenous themes, culture and history.

If You Liked: Seven Fallen Feathers

A selection of books offering insight into issues affecting Indigenous people like red tape bureaucracy, suicide, and other topics.

Graphic Novels in the Indigenous Collection

Great for young adults and the young at heart - these graphic novels explore Indigenous culture through the eyes of young people.

Picture Books for Kids in the Indigenous Knowledge Centre

A selection of beautiful books for young children, exploring themes and aspects of Indigenous culture in North America.

Explore the Catalogue

Explore Our Collection



Indigenous Action Council

The IAC helps guide and support the Library's ongoing decolonization and reconciliation efforts through meaningful discussions.

NDN Book Club

This group meets in the Brodie IKC every month to explore titles and authors in our Indigenous Knowledge Centre's collection.

Upcoming Indigenous Programming

Indigenous Resources

Indigenous Resources

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