Indigenous Celebrations

Giganawendamin Dibaajimowinan. We keep the stories.

A festival of Indigenous cultures and heritage, where we celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage by presenting Indigenous storytelling and literature, as well as discussions on history and current issues.

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Indigenous Reading Lists

Read Indigenous is a yearly list of must-read titles written by Indigenous authors, writers, illustrators and knowledge keepers for all ages, selected with Toronto Public Library's Indigenous Advisory Council.

Reading for Reconciliation explores a variety of issues, ranging from colonialism to the residential school legacy that has shaped Canada's current relationship with Indigenous peoples. The titles are a testament to the power of the human spirit and the resiliency of Indigenous peoples, and our collective journey towards hope, healing, and reconciliation.

Past Programs

Watch replays of past programs in our Indigenous Celebrations series

  • Cliff with a tree in foreground, overlooking mountains and a lake

    Intersections of Indigenous Environmental Justice & Climate Change

    Members of the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project discuss concepts of environmental justice and Indigenous ways of thinking about our environment.

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    Birch Bark Biting with Sally Milne

    Join Sally as she takes you through the history of birch bark biting, what it is and how and why it's done, while sharing a few of her favourite pieces and experiences along the way.

  • Headshots of Indigenous architects Matthew PJ Hickey, Whare Timu, and Hetereki Huke

    Climate - Indigenous Cities for a Sustainable Future

    In this panel conversation, we hear from Indigenous architects from Tkaronto/Toronto, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Rapa Nui/Easter Island who are applying ancestral ingenuity to their craft.

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    Jody Wilson-Raybould: “Indian” in the Cabinet

    Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks with Dr. Tracy Bear about “Indian” in the Cabinet and the need to strengthen our political institutions in order to collectively address racial justice and climate change.

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    Birch Bark Biting with Sally Milne

    Sally returns for a second time to add to the discussion on the importance of birch bark biting while sharing a few of her favourite pieces along the way.

  • Illustrated portrait of Stephen Graham Jones next to the book cover of My Heart is a Chainsaw

    Stephen Graham Jones: My Heart is a Chainsaw

    Stephen Graham Jones talks about My Heart is a Chainsaw with author Naben Ruthnum (aka Nathan Ripley) and discusses the horror genre as a vehicle for bigger and scarier conversations.

  • Headshots of Gerald Torres, Naolo Charles, Clayton Thomas-Müller, and Dr. Ingrid Waldron

    Climate – Urban Planning and Environmental Racism

    In this panel conversation, we gather experts to talk about the impact of environmental racism in the planning and development of our cities and the related displacement of Black and Indigenous communities in the creation of our urban infrastructure.

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    Battle of the Books: Indigenous Reads

    Librarians Mike & Hailey face off for a friendly book battle! We'll discuss 8 titles written by Indigenous authors. Vote for a chance to crown your favourite!

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    Dave Jenniss sur le théâtre autochtone

    Si vous êtes intéressée par l'écriture théâtrale autochtone et le théâtre autochtone d'aujourd'hui, la chance de rencontrer Dave Jenniss peut être l'occasion parfaite d'entendre l'une des figures les plus intéressantes dans ce domaine.

  • Image of the book Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton

    Virtual Family Book Club

    Join the virtual book club for kids and families! During this 45-minute program, participants will take part in discussions and activities related to the book featured each month. Books are available in multiple formats, including eBooks and eAudiobooks and can be placed on hold through the TPL website. It is recommended that you read the book before the program!

    This program is suitable for children ages 9-12 and their parents or caregivers to attend together. This book club will feature: Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton.

  • Indigenous Toronto: Stories that Carry this Place

    In this special panel discussion, TPL gathers contributors to the newly released Indigenous Toronto: Stories that Carry this Place. Chef Johl Whiteduck, visual artist Philip Cote, author/playwright Drew Hayden Taylor and creative director/arts presenter Denise Bolduc discuss the cultural continuity and settler colonialism that have come to define Toronto as a significant cultural hub.

  • Pride Month Filmmaker Talks: Thirza Cuthand

    Toronto Public Library and Trinity Square Video present Thirza Cuthand: In Conversation as part of Toronto Public Library's Pride Month Filmmaker Talks, produced in partnership with Trinity Square Video for Pride Month 2021.

  • Have You Met the Three Sisters? Indigenous Food Stories with Chef Joseph Shawana

    Joseph will share his journey through food, some Indigenous stories around food and the importance of agricultural sustainability and the Three Sisters while making a meal over an open fire from his home in Manitoulin Island - and you're all invited.

  • Naagan ge bezhig emkwaan / A Dish with One Spoon Reconsidered

    Researchers Victor Lytwn and Dean Jacobs provide a history and overview of the Dish with One Spoon from an Anishinaabe perspective, while explaining how its incorporation into "land recognition statements" is damaging to First Nations who seek to protect their territories and resources.

  • Red Erotic: Indigenous Erotica Panel

    In this special panel conversation, leading Indigenous authors and academics explore the genre of Indigenous erotica and the work being done to empower Indigenization through emotional, spiritual and physical expressions of love. In conversation with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Tenille Campbell, Dr. Tracy Bear and Joshua Whitehead.

  • Laughter and Resilience: Indigenous Comedy Panel

    Top Indigenous comedians Ryan McMahon, Candy Palmater and Tim Fontaine talk about the deep connection between comedy and tragedy, and the power of humour to uplift and educate, in a panel discussion hosted by author Kliph Nesteroff.

  • Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs: The Power of Traditional Crafting During a Pandemic

    Meet three Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists from Akwesasne and learn about the power of traditional crafting during a pandemic. In conversation with Marlana Thompson, Carrie Hill and Tania Clute, moderated by Jenn Harper.

Blog Posts

Read more blog posts about our Indigenous collections and programs


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