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Library & Literacy Services for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis & Inuit) Peoples of Canada Position Statement

Acknowledgment - Canadian Library Association (CLA): Indigenous Peoples’ Network

The Federation is committed to promoting a vision of, and contributing to the establishment of best practices, for library and other information services related to Indigenous peoples living in Canada that include but are not limited to:

  • Protect and preserve Indigenous knowledge(s) in a variety of mediums for use by current and future generations in a respectful and sensitive manner;
  • Provide a welcoming environment and assistance for First Nations, Métis, non-status and Inuit people to access this knowledge;
  • Seek direction from communities on proper protocols regarding access and care of their culturally sensitive records;
  • Respect the First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural concept of copyright with regard to Aboriginal history or heritage, which is often located in but not limited to oral traditions, songs, dance, storytelling, anecdotes, place names, hereditary names and other forms of indigenous knowledges;
  • Provide opportunities and access to training and employment for First Nations, Metis, Inuit and non-status people.

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