New “Reading Indigenous” Space Unveiled at Yorkton Public Library
A new space dedicated to Indigenous documents and resources is available at the Yorkton Public Library.
The space, called “Read Indigenous,” was made possible through a $7,500 donation to the library by the Yorkton Tribal Council. It includes new technology, resources, a computer, as well as furniture and 215 books – all recommended reading related to reconciliation.
Yorkton Public Library branch manager Amber Harvey said the space isn’t finished – and they don’t plan to. Rather, it will be a continuous workspace, ready to add new material as they see fit.
“(We plan) to listen to teachers and students – what do we need? Listen to the elders to find out what information or tools will help make these connections that we are trying to make, with a spirit of reconciliation,” Harvey said.
Cory Cadotte was one of the program drivers with the Yorkton Tribal Council, as a Native Cultural Liaison.
“It not only features famous authors and famous people, but also our core people and where we come from – who we all are,” he said.
The computer will also be accessible to the public, directing them to all the resources offered by the tribal council and the ability to learn and practice native languages.