Indigenous history, Lee Maracle and March Break

As part of the library’s Indigenous series at the County of Prince Edward Public Library, Amanda Hill from the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County will join us to share a look at relations between Indigenous people and settlers in our region, as revealed by written records and physical artifacts held in archives and museums around the world.

Amanda will be sharing from the perspective of an archivist who has worked with historic records and documents relating to indigenous people. Her talk, entitled “Natives and Settlers: The View from the Archives” will be this Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Picton Branch Library.

Amanda trained as an archivist in England in the 1990s and was employed at Canterbury Cathedral Archives, the Essex Record Office and the Universities of Oxford and Manchester. She immigrated to Canada in 2007 and has worked for the Town of Deseronto and the Archives Association of Ontario. In 2015 she became the archivist for the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County.

We are pleased to announce that as part of this Indigenous speaker series we have invited poet and author Lee Maracle to join us during the County Reads Authors Festival the weekend of April 23-26. She is the author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works, including Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, Ravensong, Celia’s Song, Memory Serves, I Am Woman, Talking to the Diaspora. Her collection of essays, My Conversations with Canadians, was a finalist for the First Nation Communities READ 2018-19 Award, and the 2018 Toronto Book Awards.

She is also the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award-winning My Home As I Remember. A member of the Sto:Loh Nation, Maracle is a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award, the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for 2014, and the 2018 Harbourfront Festival Prize; she has also been nominated for the 2019 Neustadt Prize.

More details about tickets for her talk will be forthcoming and will be found at peclibrary.org/countyreads.

MARCH BREAK: During March Break between March 17 and March 21, the library has planned a week of superhero activities for children & families including superhero science, super spies, super strength and super yoga. To find the complete schedule of activities visit peclibrary.org/kids. All branches will have casual drop in activities available throughout the week too and you are welcome to bring children anytime the library is open to read, play and explore.

-Liz Zylstra