OLA Indigenous Task Group

In 2015, OLA established an Indigenous Task Group. The purpose of the OLA Indigenous Task Group is to:
  • Develop an OLA strategy to strengthen First Nation Libraries in Ontario. This includes raising awareness about the opportunities and challenges of accessing library services for First Nation people. 
  • Ensure communities are aware of funding opportunities and other supports to establish libraries on reserve.

The Task Group works collaboratively and strategically with other organizations across Ontario and Canada to encourage and strengthen libraries that provide library services to Indigenous populations.

Current Committee Membership

Feather Maracle, Six Nations Public Library (Chair) 
Alicia Kilgour, Niagara Falls Public Library
Alexandra Yarrow, Ottawa Public Library 
Deanna Nebenionquit, Ontario Library Service - North
Kate Johnson-McGregor, Grand Erie District School Board
Angel Maracle, Chiefs of Ontario
Ben Hendriks, Markham Public Library Board

and

Ex-Officio members

Shelagh Paterson, Ontario Library Association 
Sarah Roberts, Ontario Library Association  

Learn more

Read the Task Group's Terms of Reference here. For more information contact Shelagh Paterson.

To learn more about First Nation Public Library issues, see the First Nation Public Libraries page.