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.

June is Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month. June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (Formerly Aboriginal Day). This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit, and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

June 21 was chosen for National Aboriginal Day (now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day) for the summer solstice. Many Indigenous people have celebrated their culture and heritage on this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

In partnership with community, the Library is proud to share stories and resources in recognition and in honour of Indigenous History Month 2021. This page will be frequently updated with new content—check back often.

Celebrating Culture: Blogs & Resources

I Am From Asia: An Art Exhibit

I Am From Asia: This virtual art exhibit will transport you to Asia through local artists' beautiful artworks and stories.

Celebrating Eid al-Adha: History, Traditions & Reading List

Staff member Rania shares the importance of this Islamic holiday and recommends reads to learn more.

NFB: Indigenous Heritage Films

These recent NFB films focus on the rich diversity of Indigenous heritage.

National Film Board of Canada: 100 Films for Libraries

To celebrate the NFB's enduring and evolving collaboration with libraries, they've shared links to 100 of their best recent titles.

10 Unforgettable 2SLGBTQIA+ Memoirs

It is powerful to read someone's story in their own words. From comedic, to musical, to literary, this list has something for everyone.

A Refugee's Resettlement Journey to Canada

Resettling as a refugee can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Learn about what to expect when you arrive and services available.

Cultural Bridges Through Poetry (Asian Heritage)

Enjoy selected poems from diverse voices across Asia, including "migrated woman, a grown toddler." written by staff member, Mahboubeh.

Teen Volunteer Art Feature: Theertha's "Clarity"

By Teen Blogger, Theertha | Learn how to make an amazing art piece on female empowerment by using acrylic paint on canvas.

KPop, Won't Stop: An Appreciation Post

The KPop industry has taken the art of performance to a whole new level, captivating audiences around the world. Join in—Shelby shares how.

Asian Heritage E-Books on hoopla

Instantly borrow Own Voices e-books for all ages by authors of Asian descent, on hoopla.

Asian Heritage Movies on hoopla

Free with your library card, stream from a collection of movies in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.

My Summer with the Pyramids

Travel back in time with Teen Blogger, Hana, as we explore the pyramids of Egypt.

Movies and Shows on DVD to Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Immerse yourself in these films and television series featuring actors of Asian descent and settings in many of Asia's beautiful countries.

Celebrating Eid al-Fitr: History, Traditional Foods & Recipe

Muslims worldwide will celebrate Eid starting on May 12 or 13. It is an occasion of peace and joy. Here, Rania tells you more.

Meet Our Artist in Residence: Tara Taylor

Tara's residency will touch all Library branches through workshops and sharing collaborative art. Check out our interview to learn more!

Asian Heritage Month: Read Your Way Through Asia

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with this list of novels and memoirs for adults, written by Canadian writers of Asian descent.
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