Sault Ste. Marie Public Library celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

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The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library invites you to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday June 21, 2021 by viewing the latest in our video series, Voices of Bawating.

This video features messages from our local Indigenous leaders including Chief Andy Rickard of Garden River First Nation, Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation and Chief Jason Gauthier of Missanabie Cree First Nation.

Each leader’s message is unique and significant and well worth watching! You will learn about the local history of Bawating, the significance of this area to Indigenous Peoples and the unique connection that the Ojibway people of Turtle Island have to the creation of this national holiday. In case you missed the first two videos of the Voices of Bawating series, check them out at your convenience on the library’s YouTube channel. Listen to Chelsea Brunelleas she speaks about the importance of National Indigenous History Month.Enjoy the beautiful voice of Trudy Jones as she sings and explains the significance of the Eagle Song and its connection between Anishinaabe people and the Creator.

Next Thursday, June 24, 2021be sure to check in for our final video of the Voices of Bawating Series and meet the Artist, Knowledge Keeper and maker of Bagaa Adowe (Lacrosse) sticks as he leads the way to re-establish this sacred activity to its rightful place of honour in Garden River.

All these videos can be accessed at your convenience and will remain part of the library’s YouTube channel content for future enjoyment.  The library’s YouTube channel is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zt_cLuIsAsucl72EZ0QIw/videos.

Further information is available by calling 7057595236 or on the library website ssmpl.ca under the Program and Events +tab.