For the third year in a row, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is supporting lifelong learning by hosting discussion sessions based on the University of Alberta’s free online Indigenous Canada course.
“Education for reconciliation is part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and is something with which every Canadian can engage,” KFPL said in a media release dated Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.
According to the release, the discussion sessions will support participants as they learn more about Indigenous cultures, worldviews, issues and movements.
The Zoom discussions will run Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16 to Mar. 23 and Apr. 13 to May 18, 2023. KFPL noted that Indigenous Canada is a self-led, 12-lesson, massive open online course (MOOC) comprised of video based lessons. Discussion group participants will complete a lesson before each Thursday’s discussion session, then talk about what they learned in the course, their questions and what they want to explore further.
Register for the University of Alberta course at https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada/index.html and the KFPL discussion group at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/7683240 or over the phone at 613-549-8888.
The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous nations, including responding to calls to action involving education, the library stated.
“We’ve offered this discussion series twice in the last two years, and there’s been significant interest,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “People want to learn about Indigenous experiences and these diverse communities’ cultures, movements and histories. This KFPL program is a chance to connect with others and honour historical and contemporary Indigenous perspectives.”