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Celebrating and Serving First Nations, Métis & Inuit Peoples

Learn about the Winnipeg Public Library's spaces, programs, collections for, with, and about First Nations, Métis & Inuit. peoples. Find organization listings and reliable research links.

Our role

Collage of Indigenous peoples using the Library

Welcome to Winnipeg Public Library's information pages for First Nations, Métis and Inuit services.

At Winnipeg Public Library we see our role in this area as having three parts:

To celebrate

We work to celebrate the large and growing Aboriginal communities in Winnipeg.

We do this by offering programs and collecting materials that showcase the knowledge and talents (historical and current) of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

To serve

We are here to provide the information needed to serve the diverse interests and goals of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples living in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Public Library staff work to support peoples' information needs - whether by helping with a research paper, picking out a great book for a child, offering free programs for fun and learning, helping people get to know the city or assisting in any other way we can.

To educate

We work to help educate the general public about First Nations, Métis and Inuit topics.

We do this through collections, programs and virtual services.

Mayor's Office & City of Winnipeg initiatives

Mayor's Indigenous Advisory Circle
In June, 2015 Mayor Brian Bowman announced the members of his Indigenous Advisory Circle (MIAC).  MIAC will meet quarterly with its first meeting scheduled for September 17, 2015.

One Winnipeg
One Winnipeg is an initiative of the Mayor's Office. Its goal is to lead Winnipeggers and their communities in efforts to address racism.  One Winnipeg began with a website where people can post ideas for addressing and combating racism.  The first One Winnipeg event to be announced was a National Anti-Racism Summit to be held September 17-18 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak (OAN) / Young Aboriginal People Leading
This is the City of Winnipeg's Aboriginal Youth Strategy. OAN coordinates and offers training, employment and programming opportunities for Aboriginal youth - both within the City of Winnipeg system and by supporting external partners.

Indigenous Council on Policing and Crime Prevention
Established in September, 2015 the Council provides advice to the Winnipeg Police Board about how to engage and serve the Indigenous community.

Shortcuts to more Library information

Winnipeg Public Library is a big organization (with a big website to go with it) that does a lot of different things. Here are a few shortcuts:

Have a question?
Here is our Ask Us! page with information about how to contact us with any questions you have about the Library or any other information need.

Visit a Library, get your free Library card
Winnipeg Public Library has 20 library buildings and 4 mobile library service sites. Visit any location to get your free Library card.

Use a computer, access Wifi, print and scan documents
People with a valid Winnipeg Public Library card are able to use Library computers to access the Internet and use Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.). All 20 Library branches also provide access to free, unlimited Wifi.  Visit our Computers and Technology Access page to learn more.

Find things to borrow
Our catalogue is where you can search for books, eBooks, DVDs, some of the research articles we offer and more.

Borrow from our electronic collections
Our eMedia Guide is where to find out how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks, eMagazines and stream movies, TV shows and music - all free with your Library card.

Work on a research project
Here is a list of research databases, online encyclopedias and other electronic information we subscribe to just for you.  You will need a valid Library card to log in to most of these resources.

Come to a program
Every year Winnipeg Public Library offers thousands of free programs for all ages.  Programs are listed in the At the Library newsletter and on our Program and Events Calendar.

Library services for teens
"Booked" - Winnipeg Public Library's website just for teens.

Library Services for Parents and Caregivers
Here is our Information for parents and caregivers.  You will find great information about the programs and services the Library has to support families.

The Library comes to you
We have an Outreach Services
section which runs our Check It Out! mobile library service, a Homebound Library Service and is where you can "Book-a-Librarian" to visit your organization.  Phone: 204-986-6475 to learn more about these services.