Most Popular Course in Canada!

CBC has just reported that Indigenous Canada is now the most popular course in Canada. Over 20,000 people have enrolled in the year the course has been running.

Paul Gareau, course lead for Indigenous Canada will be speaking at the Kelowna Library on April 18, and the talk will be webcast as well! Visit our event page for more details.

Listen to an interview with Paul Gareau here:



Indigenous Canada

Indigenous Canada is a free online course, offered by University of Alberta and hosted on Coursera.

“Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.”

The course re-opens for registration April 16, 2018. The course runs for 12 weeks, and you complete it at your own pace. If you need computer access to view the content, contact your local library. Some may be able to assist you.


In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report and calls to action. In 2017 Canada celebrated 150 years as a nation, and these celebrations also caused individuals and communities to reflect on the challenging history of Canada’s relationship with our First Nations people.

One vital way for all of us to engage with the concerns about who we are as a country, and who we would like to be, is by seeking out understanding. Read for Reconciliation is about seeking truth through reading and also through community conversations

Okanagan Regional Library has partnered with University of British Columbia Aboriginal Programs and Services, and UBC Library to create this webspace to enable individuals to engage with the reconciliation process through reading, coursework, facilitated community discussion, and connections to the vital work of other arts and culture organizations.