The Township of South Algonquin Public Library understands the need to recognize and embrace the principles of Truth and Reconciliation with Ontario’s Indigenous population, as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
Section 1: Declaration
With this understanding, the Township of South Algonquin Public Library acknowledges the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work. We believe that acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples, both in the past and the present. We believe that recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations and are key to reconciliation.
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library will use this Acknowledgement Declaration at the beginning of all meetings held at the library.
We acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded traditional territory of the Omaamiwininii Anishinaabeg (the Algonquin people). We acknowledge that the Algonquin people have been stewards of this land since time immemorial and as such we treat the land, its plants, animals, stories and people with honour and respect. Today, this land is home to Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, as well as many non-Indigenous peoples, and we acknowledge the shared opportunity to live and work within this beautiful territory.
Section 2: CollectionTownship of South Algonquin Public Library will provide collections relating to Indigenous cultures, languages, and peoples, including books, audio and video materials. Our collection will include titles by and about First Nation communities.
Section 3: ServicesTownship of South Algonquin Public Library will provide welcoming spaces and library services to Indigenous peoples, and share elements of First Nations culture with non-Indigenous persons.
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