Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples’ Month & Pride Season

Innisfil, ON June 7, 2024

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is excited to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Month and Pride Season with a variety of special events.

Seven Feathers Collaborative Art Project

Residents of all ages are invited to colour paper feathers designed by local Indigenous artist April Paul at community events this summer. The feathers represent the seven guiding principles in Indigenous Culture: Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Humility, Truth, and Wisdom. Once coloured, these feathers will be assembled into large rainbow wings, symbolizing unity and community spirit which will be unveiled at our 10th annual MakerFEST event on Saturday, September 14.

imagineNATIVE Indigenous Film Screening

Join us for 5 short, Indigenous-made films, which were presented as part of the 2024 imagineNATIVE Tour. The imagineNATIVE Film Festival was founded to support the diverse contemporary work of Indigenous directors, producers, and screenwriters working in film, video, audio, and digital media. Join us at the Lakeshore Branch on Thursday, June 20 from 6:00pm-7:00pm for the film screening. Register today to save your spot.

Free Library Membership for Indigenous Peoples

In our commitment towards Truth & Reconciliation, we are excited to announce that we now offer free library cards to all Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit people living in Ontario. This includes access to physical materials, safe spaces, and our digital collections. To find out more about getting a library card, visit our website.

Pride Edition of Tween Takeover and After the Bell

We are celebrating Pride in two of our popular teen programs.

After the Bell: Participants will work together to create a Pride flag art piece. Teens are welcome to collaborate on the project Friday, June 14 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Tween Takeover: Tweens, ages 10-13, are invited to participate on Wednesday, June 19 from 3:00pm-5:30pm at the Lakeshore Branch to share words of affirmation and colourful crafts.

Save the Date for Drag Queen Storytime

Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss Drag Queen Storytime – a family-friendly, inclusive event filled with stories and songs that explores themes of diversity and acceptance. Families will enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and participating in rhymes. Storytime includes a fun craft to take home and an opportunity to meet the performers. The Barrie-Simcoe County chapter of pflag will be on site to provide information, and answer questions about how to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

Registration is required for this free event. Saturday, July 6, 2024 1:00pm-4:00pm, Lakeshore Branch

Read, Learn, Explore

The Library has curated booklists to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Pride season. We are proud to highlight the work of remarkable authors from Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and Queer communities. These collections encompass a wide range of genres and perspectives and provide an opportunity for readers to explore and appreciate diverse experiences and voices. Check one out today!

Town of Innisfil, Innisfil Pride, and UPlift Black Pride Flag Raising

On June 13 at 1pm, community members are invited to join Council Members, Town staff, and representatives from Innisfil Pride and UPlift Black at Town Hall (2101 Innisfil Beach Road) to raise the Progress Pride flag to show Innisfil’s continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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