On behalf of the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the First Nation Consultants assist First Nation public libraries by providing them with services and programs that meet their needs including consulting, training and development services. First Nation Consultants also provide support to First Nation communities hoping to apply for provincial funding to establish on-reserve public libraries through the Public Library Operating Grant and First Nation Salary Supplement programs.

Consulting Services

First Nation Consultants provide support to 39 on-reserve public libraries by sourcing feedback and guidance from the librarians to develop customized skills training, advise on best practices, and maintain practical and accessible annual programs. The First Nation Consultants also provide guidance and support to communities hoping to establish on-reserve public libraries.

For more information or support, please contact Nancy Cooper or Deanna Nebenionquit.

For information about grants including the Public Library Operating Grant and First Nation Salary Supplement, please visit this webpage.

Events & Programs

First Nation Public Library Week<br><br>

First Nation Public Library Week

FNPLW is held the first week of October, during Canadian Library Month.
First Nation Communities READ<br><br>

First Nation Communities READ

FNCR celebrates the very best of Indigenous literature across Turtle Island.
<br><br><br>Spring Gathering<br><br>

Spring Gathering

An annual customized conference for First Nation public librarians hosted in May.
<br>First Nation Languages Portal<br><br>

First Nation Languages Portal

Find resources for use for community engagement, programming, and collections .

History of First Nation Public Libraries in Ontario

The following inforgraphics outline the history of First Nation Public Libraries in Ontario and act as practical resources for conducting library business: