First Nations Public Library Week
February 13, 2008
Libraries Are Hubs Of Community History, Heritage And Culture
TORONTO — First Nations Public Library Week 2008 runs from February 11 to 16.
“The Ontario government joins with First Nations communities across Ontario to celebrate First Nations’ public libraries and their contribution to our province’s history, heritage and culture,” Minister of Culture Aileen Carroll said.In 2008, Ontario is providing $948,000 to support library services in the province’s First Nations communities, an increase of $150,000 over the previous year. The funding is provided through the Ministry of Culture’s First Nations Library Development Program.
The theme of the week is “First Nations heritage, culture and community connect @your library.” The theme underlines the importance of libraries as hubs of community life and promotes awareness and understanding of how public libraries benefit communities.
This week also pays tribute to the First Nations’ oral tradition by respecting and building on the community’s storytelling culture.
“Libraries are great places where you can read, learn, and interact. During First Nations Library Week and throughout the year, it’s the librarians who connect everyone – our youngsters and adults – to this world of literacy and reading,” said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Michael Bryant. “This week will open up many opportunities for Ontario’s First Nations families.”
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Alicia Johnston, Minister’s Office, (416) 325-1676
Mark Thompson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497