We wish to acknowledge and honour the land upon which this library stands as the historic and Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek Nation. We recognize and thank The People of the Three Fires, known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. And further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, known collectively as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.
Learning about treaties & how they continue to shape the province today is an important part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Read more about the history of treaties in The Saugeen Ojibway Nation at: https://www.saugeenojibwaynation.ca/resources
In recognition that municipal boundaries are an ongoing colonial construct that ignores First Nations traditional territories, First Nations people with a status card or band membership of a local First Nation, and who are living in the traditional Saugeen Ojibway Nation lands, including Treaty 45 1/2, will be entitled to free library membership. In the spirit of original treaties, the library shall share its resources with mutual respect. The Hanover Public Library will continue to provide books and materials by First Nations and Indigenous authors in its collection.
These actions are a part of the Hanover Public Library’s mission as a welcoming and upbeat community hub that fosters lifelong learning.