Celebrating Culture

Celebrating Culture

Nova Scotia is home to a diverse community of people representing more than 100 cultures and ethnicities from all over the globe. Halifax Public Libraries is shaped by our community, and we aim to reflect the amazing traditions, experiences, accomplishments, and arts that create our shared story in Halifax. This page features a collection of reading lists, community-created content, events, virtual celebrations, and more. Check back often for new content.

Blogs & Resources

Ursula Johnson: Mi’kmaw Hieroglyphs

Ursula Johnson finds a deeper truth in the written language of her people, taught to her by her great-grandfather.

Doreen Bernard: Water is Life

Mi'kmaq elder Doreen Bernard speaks of the importance of water as nourishment, protection, and life for all.

Discovering Cultural Holidays

By Teen Blogger, Janey | "I thought it would be interesting to look at some holidays people celebrate around the world and here in Canada."

Mi'kmaq History Month 2020: A Virtual Celebration

Enjoy this collection of videos, created and compiled by community, that celebrate the rich cultural traditions and history of the Mi’kmaw.

PressReader: Local and International News

Stay in touch with the news of the world. Access PressReader online—now available for at-home access.

Polish Heritage Month: A Virtual Celebration

Witamy! The vibrant Polish Nova Scotian community makes significant contributions to all parts of our province. Celebrate and learn more.

Indian Independence Month: A Virtual Celebration

Our friends from Atlantic Spinners Art and Dance Society have compiled a collection of videos, history, and storytelling. Enjoy and share!

Celebrating National Acadian Day in 2020

Here are some “staycation” options for celebrating and discovering Acadia in HRM. Bon voyage!

Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List

These important reads are featured on the list created by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Discover them on OverDrive.

7 Art & Culture Exhibits You Can Visit in Your Pajamas

From the Louvre to our very own Sun Room, Vicky wants you to know that any attire is acceptable attire for browsing these virtual exhibits.

Mawita’jik 2020: A Virtual Cultural Showcase

Please enjoy a sampling of traditional drumming, dancing, and storytelling as part of this year’s Mawita’jik celebration.

Storytime: The Gathering with Theresa Meuse

The Gathering helps teach parents and children about Indigenous spiritual gatherings, or mawiomi.

Once Upon A Black Halifax

This video captures the history of the black community in Halifax, and their struggles for acceptance and progress.

Kepmite'tmnej, Mi'kmaw Honour Song: Raymond Sewell

Raymond Sewell has shared his version of the Mi’kmaq Honour Song in celebration of Indigenous History Month.

National Indigenous History Month: A Virtual Experience

HRM, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, the Library, and community have compiled a collection of Indigenous teachings, videos, and stories.

Walking Gottingen: An Immersive Storytelling Experience

Through natural sound and diverse voices, this project transports listeners to a portal of lived experiences in the community.
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