The Peterborough Public Library and its funding partners are excited to announce that they will be the first public library to be recognized as a Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Legacy Space.  

“The Library is a busy community hub dedicated to curiosity, discovery and learning. We’re proud to welcome everyone into the space, to learn about Indigenous history, and take actions toward reconciliation.” Says Jennifer Jones, Library CEO.

Legacy Spaces are safe, welcoming places where conversations and education about Indigenous history – and our collective journey towards reconciliation – are encouraged and supported. They also serve as symbols and reminders of the important work each of us needs to undertake in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

Save the DateSave the Date: The library will be celebrating the opening of the Legacy Space on May 27 from 11 am to 1 pm.

You can follow along as they build the space, plan the launch, and develop programs and collections to support their commitment to ReconciliACTION on the the Legacy Space webpage and on social media channels.


Thank you to the founding funding partners:

  • United Way Peterborough & District
  • TUFA - Trent University Faculty Association
  • CUPE 3908 - Trent University Contract and Student Academic Workers
  • Peterborough and District Labour Council
  • PVNCOECTA - Catholic Teachers Union
  • OPSEU Local 365 - Trent University Support Staff Union
  • OPSEU Local 327 - Peterborough Health Unit Workers
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge ETFO Teachers

“United Way Peterborough & District is proud to be partnering in bringing a Legacy Space to our community. Peterborough Public Library is already a place for all community members to learn, and the addition of a Legacy Space provides us with a location to grow in our shared reconciliation journey.” Jim Russell, United Way CEO

Marcus Harvey, the Executive Director of the Trent University Faculty Association, values the role that Labour can play in the work of Reconciliation. “Trent University’s longstanding commitment to Indigenous Knowledges may explain why Trent’s unions would get involved in this project from the outset,’ Harvey said. “But this as an exercise in Solidarity that fits beautifully with the broader Labour community’s vision for social justice in Nogojiwanong.”

Mitch Champagne, President of CUPE 3908, believes “The community-based Legacy Space is a positive step for Peterborough. As we work towards Reconciliation, words ring hollow when they are not supported by actions. The Legacy Space will provide the people of Nogojiwanong a place where they can continue to learn and reflect about the truth and take active roles in working towards reconciliation."