First Nations people in button blankets at Quatsino Sound, VPL #14079, 19--, Ben W. Leeson
Vancouver Public Library Projects and Programs
Each year Vancouver Public Library hosts a Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence who organizes events at at library branches throughout the city . The Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence provides a valuable link between the library and Aboriginal communities as a way to honour Aboriginal culture and traditions, and connect storytellers and listeners. For both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants, this promotes intercultural understanding and communication.
With VPL's 2017 Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence, Jules Koostachin.
Since 1991, the Women's Memorial March Committee has organized a march on February 14th to honour the memory of all women from the Downtown Eastside who have died due to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. Each year since 2005 the Women's Memorial March Quilt is carried by dozens of people during that march. This quilt was created by the collaboration of family members, friends, and community members over many years. Each panel honours the love, hopes, and dreams for the women who have been murdered or gone missing in the DTES. Since 2015, the Vancouver Public Library and the Women's Memorial March Committee have been working together to digitize the 120+ beautiful panels that form the Women's Memorial March Quilt. Our intention is to preserve the images of the panels in high quality photographs, and then with the families' approval display the images in this online gallery.