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Indigenous Update

UN Year of Indigenous Languages

Did you know that 2019 is the United Nations (UN)Year of Indigenous Languages?

Please see for more information.

If your library is providing programming/space/collections to revitalize and strengthen Indigenous languages in your community, please let us know and we will be sure to add your location to the UN map!


Voices of Amiskwaciy digital history project

PLSB is working with Edmonton Public Library to roll out the Voices of Amiskwaciy digital history project: If you have an Indigenous community member  or organization that wishes to contribute to this platform, please let Colette Poitras know!


Prairie Indigenous Ebook Collection

The Prairie Indigenous Ebook Collection was launched on Monday Janurary 21st. This new collection of 237 books is available in all Cantook Stations. These are titles written by Indigenous authors and published in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Read Alberta e-Book platform allows for simultaneous check outs, which means that you can host a book club with these e-titles. MARC records have also been added to catalogues to improve searchability. This collection, along with the MARC records have been provided by PLSB.




Best Practices for Indigenous Services

Please note, there is now a section on Indigenous service within the Best Practices for Alberta Public Libraries:


Lieutenant Governor Art Awards Writing Contest

In September of 2019, for the first time the Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Awards will be held in an Indigenous Community.

We invite children and adults to participate in a writing contest (submissions accepted from March 15 to April 15, 2019).  See attached poster.

Awards will be presented in person in September.  We ask that you advertise in your library!



In addition to these, PLSB is proud to announce that there were 4,378 registered library card holders residing on First Nations reserves or Metis settlements in the spring of 2018.