Burlington Public Library – $5,000 (Larger Grant)

Honouring the Truth

This grant supports Honouring the Truth (HTT), a three-pronged BPL initiative drawing from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. BPL will honour the stories of First Nations peoples through quarterly arts-based public workshops (for youth and adults), three library staff training experiences (for adult and student employees), and with public plaques placed at all seven branch locations of BPL (endorsed by local Elders) that honour the land. HTT hopes to prioritize reconciliation and inclusion in a sustained community effort to build deeper understanding, increased belonging, and a more welcoming, aware, and healthy Burlington. BPL is in the process of implementing a qualitative tool to measure this impact along with story-gathering. BPL, whose core values include accountability and diversity, is well-positioned to do this. They hope to involve Indigenous community members, youth and adult staff, and the Burlington community to highlight reconciliation as a collective, ongoing process. The project’s goals impact Indigenous peoples living in Burlington, working to address and celebrate Indigenous historical legacy and ceremony, as well as non-Indigenous community members, thereby building stronger community connections across differences and improving community mental health.

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