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Indigenous Services

National Indigenous History Month

Learn about and celebrate the powerful cultures and traditions of Indigenous communities all year.

Thank you for joining us throughout June for a special celebration of Indigenous history and culture. We are looking forward to celebrating National Indigenous History Month again in June 2022. 

We encourage you to continue learning about Indigenous culture throughout the year with the resources shared on this page as well as our Indigenous Services page.  


All year-round the Library offers the virtual Elders’ Guidance Circle program, educational YouTube videos that share Indigenous languages and land acknowledgements, eResources where members can explore the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, booklists highlighting Indigenous authors, ongoing programs, and more.

Access our programs and services with your free Library membership and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming livestream events.

Booklists to Learn More About Residential Schools

Calgary Public Library staff have curated three booklists that will help people of all ages learn more about residential schools, their damaging legacy, and the stories of those directly impacted. Use these books as an age-appropriate guide to continued learning and reconciliation.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line phone line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience. Call 1-866-925-4419.

Residential Schools: Books for Children

From picture books for preschoolers to novels and non-fiction for school-aged kids, the titles on this list can help parents, teachers, and caregivers talk to children about residential schools.

Residential Schools: Books for Teens

This collection of fiction, memoir and and graphic novels captures the strength and versatility of the protagonists as they learn what it means to challenge the power of colonial ideologies and racism. Landmark primary sources are also included that cover Canada's commitment to reconciliation.

Residential Schools: Books for Adults

This booklist is for adults and includes non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and novels that include the uncompromised honesty of survivors and their stories. 

Indigenous Placemaking at Calgary Public Library

In 2021, the Library unveiled four new installations. They join works that were permanently installed in 2018 and 2019. Learn more about the artists and their work, where you can see it, and why it is important.

Learn more about Indigenous Placemaking