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The Canadian Library Project

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MMAMR is participating in the Canadian Library, a community-engaged art initiative of 8000 books to honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls and 2SLGBTQQTIA+ people. Books wrapped in Indigenous-designed fabrics and imprinted with gold-lettered names on the spines pay tribute to the lives lost and the grief suffered by their loved ones. The names on the books have been shared by elders and families who want their stories told. Some books remain nameless to honour those who may never have a chance to tell their story.

 

Micro Libraries

Groups and organizations throughout the country are building temporary micro libraries which will become part of the final Canadian Library once a permanent location is determined. MMAMR has created a six-shelf-bookcase micro library.

 

Community Participation

Several community gatherings were held to build the micro library. An important aspect of each gathering included time for reflection, sharing, learning, and acknowledging the loss and injustice suffered by the Indigenous community.

Over 100 individuals, including 32 high school students, participated in the book coverings.

To increase awareness and to open conversations, five downtown stores, two libraries, and the high school displayed the books and the Canadian Library poster in their windows, indoor spaces, and display cases for two to three months.

Memorial Installation Ceremony – June 15 @ 1pm

On June 15 at 1pm, a memorial ceremony will be led by Elder Barb Brant, Mohawk, Turtle Clan. The books will come together in one bookcase to be installed at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.

Elder Barb Brant, Mohawk, Turtle Clan will lead the Ceremony, with Knowledge Keeper Dylan Jenkins. Tony Belcourt, Métis Knowledge Keeper and Elder, and Mayor Christa Lowry will provide welcoming addresses. We will read and honour the names of those represented on the books.

Seating capacity is 75. Please register at Eventbrite to ensure a seat. Once seating capacity is reached, people are encouraged to join for standing room only. This free event will last about an hour.

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Permanent Installation

The bookcase will remain at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum until a permanent home is determined for The Canadian Library.

“Through Art. We Reconcile, Reconnect, & Rebuild.”  

 The Canadian Library

 

 

 

Details

Date:
June 15
Time:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm