The Library encourages our community to learn more about Indigenous history and heritage. The continued tradition of oral histories through storytelling will ensure that Indigenous peoples’ truths are not erased and historical accuracy is preserved.


On September 30th, 2021, Durham Libraries invited bestselling, award-winning children's authors to speak on their favourite Indigenous works. Watch David A. Robertson (The Barren GroundsOn the Trapline), Melanie Florence (Stolen WordsJust Lucky), and Jay Odjick (illustrator of Blackflies and Bear for Breakfast, written by Robert Munsch) for a special prerecorded library presentation. This year, award winning illustrators including Jay Odjick will be featured in a September 30 video.

 Watch on YouTube

Loved hearing the authors speak? Check out their books - and some of author Melanie Florence's favourites! Download your PDF reading list.