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June is Indigenous History Month

Spray paint type colourful art of a Narwhal, Eagle, and Base in front of a circle

Indigenous History Month at HPL
June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learn and celebrate with HPL’s collections, programs and events.


 Hamilton Reads
HPL’s 2022 Hamilton Reads title is Tainna: The Unseen Ones, short stories by award-winning Indigenous author, Norma Dunning. Enjoy this collection of six short stories about Inuk characters who rely on their wit and humour and whose experiences traverse the modern world and spiritual realm.


 Browse our Collection
HPL’s catalogue features Indigenous reads for Adults, Kids, Teens and Early Years, as well as Staff Picks.


 Noon Hour Concerts Online and On Screen at Central (Fridays, June 3, 17 and 24)
Celebrate Indigenous musicians with our Noon Hour Concerts Online and on screen in the Hamilton Room at Central Library, featuring PIQSIQ: Throat Singing (June 3), Lacey Hill: Guitar; Music (June 17) and Mohawk College Music Dept. - Musical Sharing: Indigenous Artists and Music Students (June 24).


 Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour (June 7)
Learn about the history of the former residential school, which operated from 1831-1970.


 Indigenous Market at HPL (Saturdays, June 11 and 18)
Browse and buy one-of-a-kind items from local, Indigenous makers and artists.
The Indigenous Market at HPL runs monthly, on the second and third Saturdays, May-December, 10am-4pm.
The June 11 market features Beadwork by Kay, Good Stuff Pots and Michele Dent. The June 18 market features Eahwahewi, Jessica Smillie and Smith Brothers Trading.


 Author Event Online: Billy-Ray Belcourt (June 15)
Watch a reading and conversation with poet, essayist and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation, Billy-Ray Belcourt, author of A History of My Brief Body, NDN Coping Mechanisms, and This Wound is a World.


 Truth and Reconciliation Virtual Presentation (June 20)
Learn about the history and policies that led to the creation of residential schools in Canada, their legacies and why truth and reconciliation efforts are important.