Thursday, June 9, 2016

First Nations People and Librairies

Resolutions passed by the Liberal Party at their convention in May. This blog does not, as a rule, use political content but I felt this was an important step to make sure all Canadians have access to public libraries. Please read the resolutions and you will see how much is is needed. The local law school also has a book collection for First Nations communities. Please support these initiatives (no matter what your politics.) Every child should have access to a library.
At the Liberal Party of Canada Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba in May 2016 the following resolution was adopted unanimously:
WHEREAS every Canadian deserves access to a local public library;
WHEREAS an estimated 85% of Canadian First Nations communities do not have a local public library;
WHEREAS most Canadians know that a strong public library provides an opportunity to improve ongoing learning skills, literacy skills and social skills;
WHEREAS most First Nations are dependent on Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for program funding, and 
WHEREAS Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has zero programs to support public libraries;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada supports the establishment of public library services in Aboriginal communities.
The NRC understands that the federal government is not bound by party policy. But we believe this is a great sign of broad-based support for the cause of strengthening public libraries for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people in Canada.

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