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Aboriginal Library Services: Aboriginal Library Services

Library Highlights

One of Chinook Regional Library's 500 school readiness kits developed and distributed to kindergarten aged children in their region!

Aboriginal Patron Voki

This Voki was created to provide a profile of an Aboriginal Patron.


A Welcoming Atmosphere at the Provincial Library and Literacy Office!

National Reading Campaign

Aboriginal Policy Initiative

Many people continue to be excluded from the reading experience in Canada, particularly aboriginal peoples. Reading statistics for Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis are much lower than for other Canadians. Financing for education and libraries within these communities is unstable, and at a much lower rate than the national average.

The challenges are diverse and complex, and it is essential that any plan for addressing the issues come from within those communities. To that end, the National Reading Campaign is facilitating a series of three policy roundtables over three years. The roundtables will bring together aboriginal leaders in the field of reading to explore approaches and create an effective plan to promote access to reading on and off reserves for children and youth, and to create a much-needed common agenda to champion reading and reading policies for aboriginal children.

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Aboriginal Library Services

Public libraries are mandated to ensure universal access for all residents of Saskatchewan, including First Nation people living on-reserve. This includes the development and provision of collections, programs and services inclusive to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.


Please use this libguide to assist you and your library with Aboriginal Library Services.


If you would like to share your Aboriginal Library Service Initiatives, please contact the Aboriginal Library Services Coordinator:


Amber Daigneault
Aboriginal Library Services Coordinator, Public Library Planning
Provincial Library and Literacy Office, Ministry of Education,
Government of Saskatchewan
409A Park Street
Regina, Canada S4N 5B2
Phone: (306) 787-4472
Fax: (306) 787-2029


Did you know?

Did you know that 15.6% of Saskatchewan's population self-identified as Aboriginal? That's 157,740 Aboriginal people, the second highest proportion among provinces, following Manitoba.

Of the self-identified Aboriginal population:

·         103, 205 self-identified as First Nation

o   54,950 lived on-reserve

o   48, 255 lived off-reserve

16,000 from Saskatoon

13,745 from Regina

9,605 from Prince Albert

8,905 from other urban areas

·         52,450 self-identified as Métis

10,695 from Saskatoon

7,720 from Regina

6,170 from Prince Albert

27,865 from other areas of the province

·         290 self-identified as Inuit

*information from the 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada

Did you know?

Did you know that 38,380 individuals self-identifying as Aboriginal in Saskatchewan indicated having knowledge of at least one Aboriginal Language?

·         27,470 individuals indicated knowledge of at least one Cree language

·         8,850 individuals indicated knowledge of the Dene language

·         1,485 individuals indicated knowledge of the Saulteaux/Ojibway language

·         630 individuals indicated knowledge of at least one Sioux language

*information from the 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada

First Nations & the Provincial Library System

There are 73 First Nations and 10 library systems representing 303 library branches within Saskatchewan.

Lakeland Library Region (15)
Big Island Lake (Joseph Bighead) Cree Nation
Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation
Little Pine First Nation
Lucky Man First Nation
Poundmaker First Nation
Moosomin First Nation
Onion Lake First Nation
Sweetgrass First Nation
Thunderchild First Nation
Red Pheasant First Nation
Saulteaux First Nation
Waterhen First Nation
Mosquito/Grizzly Bear’s Head/Lean Man
Flying Dust First Nation
Island Lake First Nation
Parkland Regional Library (13)
Cote First Nation
Daystar First Nation
Gordon’s First Nation
Okanese First Nation
Peepeekisis Cree Nation
Key First Nation
Keeseekoose First Nation
Fishing Lake First Nation
Kawacatoose First Nation
Starblanket First Nation
Little Black Bear First Nation
Muskowekwan First Nation
Yellowquill First Nation
Southeast Regional Library (12)
Standing Buffalo
Carry The Kettle
- Chacachas First Nation has not been
re-established as a band independent
from Ochapowace First Nation
Ocean Man
Pheasant Rump
White Bear
Wapiti Regional Library (17)
James Smith
- Peter Chapman First Nation has not been
re-established as a band independent from
James Smith First Nation
Kinistin Saulteaux Nation
Wahpeton Dakota Nation
Sturgeon Lake First Nation
Montreal Lake
- Little Red River FN belongs to Montreal
Lake First Nation (Wapiti) and Lac La Ronge
First Nation (PNLS)
Shoal Lake Cree Nation
Red Earth First Nation
Big River First Nation
Mistawasis First Nation
Muskeg Lake First Nation
Muskoday First Nation
One Arrow First Nation
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation
Ahtahkakoop First Nation
Witchekan Lake First Nation
Pelican Lake First Nation
Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System (12)
Fond Du Lac First Nation
Black Lake First Nation
Clearwater River Dene Nation
Birch Narrows First Nation
Buffalo River Dene Nation
English River First Nation
Hatchet Lake First Nation
Canoe Lake Cree Nation
Lac La Ronge First Nation
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
Cumberland House Cree Nation
Montreal Lake
- Little Red River FN belongs to Montreal

Lake First Nation (Wapiti) and Lac La Ronge

First Nation (PNLS)
Chinook Regional Library (2)
Neekaneet First Nation
Wood Mountain


Wheatland Regional Library (1)
Whitecap Dakota First Nation


Palliser Regional Library (0)



On-Reserve Public Libraries

In Saskatchewan, there are 6 public libraries on reserve,  2 within the Wapiti Regional Library System and 4 within the Pahkisimon Nuye?áh Library System (PNLS).


Wapiti Regional Library
James Smith Public Library, James Smith Cree Nation
Box 3848
Melfort SK S0E 1A0
(306) 864-2955


Sturgeon Lake, Sturgeon Lake First Nation
721 - White Buffalo Lane
Sturgeon Lake SK S0J 2E1
(306) 764-5506


Keethanow Public Library (Rhoda Hardlotte Memorial School Library), Stanley Mission
Box 70
Stanley Mission SK S0M 1G0
(306) 635-2104
(306) 635-2050 Fax


Montreal Lake Public Library (Senator Allan Bird Memorial School Library), Montreal Lake
Box 150
Montreal Lake SK S0J 1Y0
(306) 663-5602
(306) 663-5652 Fax


Senator Myles Venne School Public Library (Senator Myles Venne School Library), Air Ronge
Box 268
Air Ronge SK S0J 3G0
(306) 425-2478
(306) 425-2815 Fax


Tawowikamik Public Library (Opawikoscikan High School Library), Pelican Narrows
Box 100
Pelican Narrows SK S0P 0E0
(306) 632-2022
(306) 632-2161