Forum Session 3: Working Together to Enhance Library Services for Aboriginal Peoples in Saskatchewan
Saturday May 11, 2013
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Location: Cultural Arts Center
Presenters: Wendy Sinclair, Deborah Lee, and Lonette Pelletier
Public, academic, school and special libraries across Saskatchewan undertake numerous initiatives to build stronger relationships with First Nation and Métis people to ensure libraries are more inclusive and receptive to the diverse information needs of Aboriginal people. Two provincial committees will co-present to highlight programs, resources, services and strategies that foster quality Aboriginal Library Services. Such strategies include consultations with First Nation and Métis organizations and communities, culturally relevant collection development and reference services, creating a welcoming atmosphere, professional development related to Aboriginal awareness and cultural sensitivity workshops, and Aboriginal-based programming. Many programming initiatives support the development of Aboriginal culture and language and include the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling (SAS) Project, a province-wide initiative held in February of each year (for the last ten years!). The SAS Project promotes First Nations and Métis oral traditions and celebrates all that libraries have to offer.