Since 2000, First Nation public libraries have used one week of the year to raise awareness of their resources, services, programs and activities.
This year, First Nations Public Library Week runs October 3 to 7, 2022 with the theme:
Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen
Anishinabemowin, the original language of the Ojibwe people, is an active language that integrates concepts of the natural world and spirituality. Bekaa is a command that is told to people who are being impatient or brash. The act of waiting and listening to what someone has to say is a form of respect and offers listeners the opportunity to learn new perspectives. Bekaa, Bzindaachagan | Wait and Listen is a reminder for us to enrich our lives by listening to others imparting knowledge, perspectives, and history.
There are online programs available throughout the week, including guest speakers and panels. To learn more and attend visit the First Nations Public Library Week website.