Cinematic Journeys Through Truth and Reconciliation Week

September 28, 2020

In honour of Truth and Reconciliation Week (Sep 28 – Oct 2, 2020), RRC Library has compiled three “cinematic journeys” that address topics central to this annual event. The first two collections (“cinemas”) portray residential school experiences and stories of violence against Indigenous women — serious and sensitive topics that may disturb some viewers. The third cinema is a tribute to Indigenous women, revealing the strength, honour, and respect they bring to families and society as a whole. Through real-life stories and perspectives, these films are intended to encourage understanding and participation in the healing process of Truth and Reconciliation.

Explore Further

We encourage you to explore beyond these films by visiting the Truth and Reconciliation webpage developed by RRC’s School of Indigenous Education. Also of interest are the Library’s Indigenous Education Guides and the National Film Board’s listing of Indigenous Cinema.

Cinema 1: Residential Schools

Young Indigenous girl getting her hair cut upon arrival to the residential school. Film title: we were children

We Were Children (2012, 1 h 23 min) The profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

Image of girl balancing a book on her head. Film title: Holy angels

Holy Angels (2017, 13 min) A powerful portrayal of Canada’s colonialist history using impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child. Filmed with a fierce determination to not only uncover history but move past it, Holy Angels speaks of the resilience of a people who have found ways of healing—and of coming home again.

Three people sitting on the deck beside a still lake. Film title: Stories are in our bones

Stories are in Our Bones (2019, 11 min) Filmmaker Janine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother), a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the land. Reconnecting with their homeland is a cultural and familial healing journey for the boys, who are growing up in the city. It’s also a powerful form of resistance for the women.

Indigenous woman with glasses, speaking. Film title: Second stories: it had to be done.

Second Stories – It Had to Be Done (2008, 22 min) Explores the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of two extraordinary women who not only lived it, but who, as adults, made the surprising decision to return to the school that had affected their lives so profoundly. This intimate and moving film affirms their strength and dignity in standing up and making a difference on their own terms.

Cartoon image of a boy in the cold. Film title: The secret path

The secret path (2016, 1 h) This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibwa boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario.

Cinema 2: Violence Against Indigenous Women (MMIWG)

Image of an Indigenous girl. Film title: Finding Dawn

Finding Dawn (2006, 1 h 13 min) Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh brings us a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy – the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

Women participating in an awareness march. Film title: Stolen sisters

Stolen Sisters (2007, 43 min) Stolen Sisters takes viewers inside this contentious issue, from the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan to the haunting depths of the dark alleys in Vancouver’s dangerous Hastings district. You will hear the stories of the missing and witness one family’s desperate search for their loved one.

Cinema 3: Honouring Indigenous Women

Sewing together leaves. Film title: Mother of many children

Mother of Many Children (1977, 57 min) Alanis Obomsawin honours the central place of women and mothers within Indigenous cultures. An album of Indigenous womanhood, the film portrays proud matriarchal cultures that for centuries have been pressured to adopt the standards and customs of the dominant society.

Young Indigenous girl participating in drumming group. Film title: Our dear sisters

Our Dear Sisters (1975, 14 min) Alanis Obomsawin, a North American Indian who earns her living by singing and making films, is the mother of an adopted child. She talks about her life, her people, and her responsibilities as a single parent. Her observations shake some of our cultural assumptions.

Indigenous woman with parka on. Film title: Martha of the North

Martha of the North (2008, 1 h 23 min) In the mid-1950s, lured by false promises of a better life, Inuit families were displaced by the Canadian government and left to their own devices in the Far North. In this icy desert realm, Martha Flaherty and her family lived through one of Canadian history’s most sombre and little-known episodes.

Indigenous girl dressed in dancing attire. Film title: This is who I am

This Is Who I Am (2018, 11 min) A young First Nations woman struggles with her identity in the big city. After a series of events, she realizes she can still be Anishinaabe, and in fact, it is her responsibility.

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RRC Library: The Ideal Study Space

September 16, 2020

We are here to support you

Library Services is committed to helping you succeed and reach your goals. Providing a safe and welcoming study space is one way we do that! With our Notre Dame Campus Library now open in a limited capacity, we offer a variety of study space options during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday
7:45am – 5:00pm

7:45am – 4:30pm ​

Need to reach us online?

Our online service desk is also open during these hours. To connect with us online, simply click on the Ask Us bubble at

Highlights of the NDC study space

Whether it’s in the corner, by a window, under the skylight, in an open or enclosed space, you can choose your preferred study space at RRC Library at NDC. Here are a few highlights:

  • Physically-distanced group study spaces with rolling whiteboards, comfortable chairs, and side tables
  • Individual tables and desks so you can really spread out
  • Study carrels and breakout rooms for those who prefer quiet, enclosed spaces
  • Comfortable, padded chairs with side tables to study in comfort

Added benefits

Studying in the Library has additional benefits, such as:

  • In-person reference
  • Face-to-face tutoring and coaching by appointment
  • Upgraded wi-fi
  • Plug-ins throughout
  • Printer/scanner with limited computer use nearby
  • Easy access to the Library’s print collection
  • Option to eat while you study

Picture gallery

Check out these photos of the spaces you will find at the NDC Library.

Library Lunch and Learn – September Edition

September 3, 2020

Library Lunch and Learn is Now Online

We have scheduled two videos per week of our popular Lunch and Learn topics. Links to these videos are available on the Library Lunch and Learn page. Each session will feature one topic to help you become efficient at finding and accessing quality information.

September Schedule

Here is the line-up of Lunch and Learn videos for the month of September:

Wed, Sep 9

OneSearch (new and improved)

Mon, Sep 14

Research Skills

Wed, Sep 16

RefWorks – Reference Management

Mon, Sep 21

UpToDate: Point-of-Care Clinical Database

Wed, Sep 23


Mon, Sep 28

Advanced CINAHL (Nursing Database)

Wed, Sep 30

Crediting Ideas: Resources to Help Avoid Plagiarism

Want to See the Full Schedule?

To view the complete Lunch and Learn fall schedule, visit the Library Lunch and Learn page. Please note: this schedule is subject to change — always check the Events Calendar for current sessions.

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What to Expect at RRC Library This Fall

August 31, 2020

Things Look Different On Campus, But Our Commitment Will Never Change

Myself and all the staff at the library are looking forward to finding creative ways to ensure we meet your information and study needs. (Alan Chorney, Manager, Information and Program Delivery)

NDC Library at the Notre Dame Campus has officially re-opened in a limited capacity. While we look forward to offering in-person service once again, we encourage our patrons to continue to take advantage of our online service desk, which is available during regular Library hours by clicking the Ask Us bubble at Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, the physical Library is currently limited to 30 patrons at any given time.

Services and Spaces Available

The following spaces and services are currently available at the NDC Library:

  • Individual study spaces
  • One printer/photocopier
  • Three computer stations
  • Limited physically-distanced group study space
  • Borrowing of Library materials
  • Limited one-on-one tutoring
  • Reference services

What is Different?

We have spread things out to accommodate physical distancing. Masks are mandatory on campus, including in the Library spaces. You may still eat and drink in the Library but are expected to clean surfaces with the provided supplies before and after. All students are expected to have read the Before You Enter Campus Information on the College’s website before arrival.

Signage has been put up throughout the Library to help you know which spaces can and can’t be used. We have a variety of choices available, marked by signs that indicate “Individual Study Space” or “Group Study Space.” Three computers are open in addition to one printer/photocopier nearby. You will be asked to line up for service, and physical distancing is in effect throughout the Library. Signing in and out when you enter and exit is also a new requirement.

These images show how spaces at the NDC Library are looking these days:

table reserved for tutoring

Reserved for one-on-one tutoring

Two carrels taped off due to COVID-19 related restrictions

Taped off area in carrels

Individual study space by a window

Individual study space by a window

Staff only sign

Sign indicating a staff only area

Service desk at NDC Library, with plexiglass

Service desk with plexiglass shields in place

Sign indicating seat is unavailable

Signage indicating seat is unavailable

Lounge chairs for individual study

Lounge chairs for individual study

One of three computers available for use

One of three computers available for use

Carrels for individual study

Carrels for individual study

Large tables with whiteboards nearby

Large tables with whiteboards nearby

What Will Never Change

This new academic year finds us in quite a different world, however, our commitment to providing you with the supports and services you need to succeed at RRC remains unchanged; in fact, it has grown stronger. We have expanded our online services, which means we are able to meet you where and when you need us. Indeed, Library Services offers the same supports as always, just in different ways. As we venture forth together, we wish the College community of students and staff an insightful year of learning and discovery.

More information > COVID-19 FAQ page

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GUIDE SPOTLIGHT | Working from Home: A Guide for Students

August 25, 2020

Working from Home – A Guide for Students

Laptop on table with plant and coffee cup. Text says: Working from home - a guide for students, RRC Library guides: gateways to your success!With courses moving online, we need to change the way we approach our work and study. In addition, you may be coping with anxiety and/or other emotions connected to COVID-19. Indeed, these are challenging times! That’s why RRC Library has compiled a guide to help students succeed at working and studying from home. 

What’s Inside

This guide covers everything from health and well-being to study tips and information you will need while at RRC. Here’s a list of the sections:

>> Library 24/7 
>> Creating productive habits 
>> Group work from home 
>> IT troubleshooting
>> Your well-being 
>> COVID-19 information
>> Online tutoring and academic support
>> RRC COVID-19 information for students 

Related posts:

Related guides:

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NEW! Hybrid LEARNing Modules

August 24, 2020

Following Red River College’s Flexible Online Delivery Model, the Academic Success Centre (ASC) and Library have developed a suite of Hybrid LEARNing Modules featuring self-directed tutorials in LEARN and facilitated live sessions via WebEx.

Visit the Hybrid LEARNing Modules website for more information.

Complete this form to request LEARN tutorials and book live sessions.

Suite of Modules

The modules focus on standalone topics that faculty can use to provide their students with foundational skills for success in their studies. Click on each module link for learning outcomes and content.

 Online Learning

  Virtual Classroom Strategies

  Time Management Skills


 Our Learning Mind

 Test Taking

  Working in Teams

 Intercultural Competence

 Academic Integrity

 Research Papers

 Professional Communication

 Library Basics

 Technology Literacy

Asynchronous Delivery: Self-Directed Tutorials

The modules feature 2-3 hour self-directed tutorials housed in LEARN that faculty can import into their own LEARN courses. The tutorials feature content from LinkedIn Learning, Learning Scientists study strategies, short pre-recorded MDR video lectures, and other resources, as well as learning activities.

Instructors can use the modules in a number of ways. They can use the complete module as an asynchronous independent learning activity, where students progress through all sections at their own pace, or select one or more sections, according to the needs of the students.

Alternatively, the instructor can choose to share the videos of each sub-module in a synchronous classroom setting and lead discussions about the topics introduced. Additionally, instructors can use section activities as assignments in order to assess students’ understanding of the content.

Synchronous Delivery: Facilitated Live Sessions

In addition, a 1-hour live session delivered by Webex (or MS Teams) is available for each topic. The live sessions will be led by a member of the Academic Success Centre or Library and will complement the online tutorials. These sessions will be active learning experiences, with facilitated discussion and activities that can help them further understand the content from the self-directed tutorials.

The workshops include review of key concepts, discussion with guiding questions, sharing of additional resources, and application to a case study. The live sessions are recorded for later screening and recordings will be available online for a week after the date of the actual sessions.

Technical Support at Red River College

August 13, 2020

For new and returning students, the Library welcomes you to Red River College. As you begin this school year, we recognize how much technology will be a part of your learning experience. For this reason we feel it is important to provide this primer of how to get technical support at Red River College in the coming term.

Online Help Resources (Self-help)

The Red River College IT Department has a Help Resources page that provides self‑help tools, suggestions, and advice for improving your productivity.

Getting Help

You may also receive direct technical support. For all types of questions and queries you may contact the IT Service Desk:

Learn Help

Are you looking for help and support specific to the College’s learning management system?


The Library wishes you the best experience in your studies at Red River College.

Updating a Living Textbook: a RefWorks Success Story

June 25, 2020

RefWorks: an Incredible Citation Tool

This past winter, the Library acquired a reference management software called RefWorks for college-wide use.  This incredible tool has many practical uses.  For students, it will store their articles and other resources, give them a Reference page and help with in-text citations.  For faculty, this can be a useful tool for sharing documents amongst group members with a lot of extra functionality.

How RefWorks Was Used in a Recent Partnership

The Library recently partnered with the School of Health Sciences and Community Services with regards to the Science of Early Child Development living textbook and modules.  These resources are used by students globally and contain an enormous number of references that were cited in APA 6th style.  With the release of the 7th edition APA this past October, these citations needed to be updated quickly.  All of the references from the living textbook and modules have now been entered into RefWorks and PDFs were uploaded to give one site storage in RefWorks.  In addition, the SECD team now have the capability to make revisions and to allow for swift updates should there ever be an APA 8th edition.

The Library Team “showed dedication and attention to detail and did an incredible amount of ‘heavy lifting’, saving us time and ensuring that we can move forward with APA 7th Edition changes.” – Jan Sanderson, Research Chair, School of Health Sciences and Community Services.

Do you have a research project that you are working on?  Need to share resources with colleagues?  Then RefWorks is the perfect tool for you.  Library staff can help you and your team get started.

More Information:

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Written by Joan Boersma, Library Services

Celebrating Indigenous History and Culture

June 18, 2020

Importance of Indigenous History

Learning about Indigenous history is important for all Canadians. It is one way of honouring Indigenous Peoples’ role in shaping Canadian history and their contributions to protecting democracy. It is also key to recognizing their identity and spirit, which is inherently connected to the land.

National Celebrations

National Indigenous History Month

The month of June is National Indigenous History Month — a time for all Canadians to celebrate and appreciate the unique histories, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21, the summer solstice, National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day.

Learn About Indigenous History and Culture Through Films and Books

Catch a glimpse of the richness and breadth of Indigenous culture, diversity, and history through these hand-selected resources. We encourage you to explore the Library’s collection further with our OneSearch tool.

Indigenous Storytelling

Cover art - books about storytelling

kisiskaciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly 

A ground-breaking anthology from the territory now known as Saskatchewan, this book explores some of the richest and oldest stories from these lands, including voices from Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Dene, and Metis nations.

Centering Anishinaabeg Studies : Understanding the World Through Stories

Written by Anishinaabeg and non-Anishinaabeg scholars, storytellers, and activists, these essays draw upon the power of cultural expression to illustrate active and ongoing senses of Anishinaabeg life.

Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing : Coming Home to the Village

In a gesture toward traditional First Nations orality, Peter Cole blends poetic and dramatic voices with storytelling. A conversation between two tricksters, Coyote and Raven, and the colonized and the colonizers, his narrative takes the form of a canoe journey. It is a celebration of Aboriginal thought, spirituality, and practice, a sharing of lived experience as First Peoples.

Testimonial Uncanny, The : Indigenous Storytelling, Knowledge, and Reparative Practices

Through the study of Indigenous literary and artistic practices from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, Julia V. Emberley examines the ways Indigenous storytelling discloses and repairs the traumatic impact of social violence in settler colonial nations.

Indigenous Fiction

Song of Batoche

This historical novel reimagines the North-West resistance of 1885 through the Métis women of Batoche, and in particular the rebellious outsider, Josette Lavoie.

Dancing Home

Blackie is out for revenge against the cop who put him in prison on false grounds. He is also craving to reconnect with his grandmother’s country. Driven by his hunger for drugs and payback, Blackie reaches dark places of both mystery and beauty as he searches for peace.

Yellow Line

Vince lives in a small town—a town that is divided right down the middle by race. The unspoken rule has been there as long as Vince remembers and no one challenges it. But when Vince’s friend Sherry starts seeing an Indigenous boy, Vince is outraged—until he notices Raedawn, a girl from the reserve. Trying to balance his community’s prejudices with his shifting alliances, Vince is forced to take a stand, and see where his heart will lead him.

Indigenous Culinary Arts

Where People Feast : An Indigenous People’s Cookbook

Where People Feast, one of very few indigenous cookbooks available, is the culmination of a lifetime dedicated to introducing people to extraordinary foods that are truly North American.

Good Seeds : A Menominee Indian Food Memoir

In this food memoir, named for the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name, tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook’s journey through Wisconsin’s northern woods. He connects each food—beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge—with colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values.

A Feast for All Seasons : Traditional Native Peoples’ Cuisine

Traditional Native recipes featuring products from the land, sea and sky, symbols of an enduring cuisine that illustrate respect for the nurturing land, and acknowledgment of the spiritual power food can have in our lives.

Streaming Videos


Four Faces of the Moon on | 2016 | 13 min

Four Faces of the Moon

Follows the animated journey of an Indigenous photographer as she travels through time. She witnesses moments in her family’s history and strengthens her connection to her Métis, Cree and Anishnaabe ancestors. This is a personal story, told in four chapters through the eyes of director and writer Amanda Strong.


Karihwanoron : Precious Things on | 2017 | 14 min

Karihwanoron : Precious Things

A small community bands together around a Mohawk immersion school they founded to keep their language alive. Karihwanoron is a Mohawk immersion program that teaches Mohawk language, culture and philosophy. Unfortunately, this year, the school is at risk of having to close its doors. Permanently.

Cover art

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up on NFB Campus | 2019 | 1 h 38 min

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.


Now Is the Time on NFB Campus | 2019 | 16 min

Now Is the Time

When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he carved the first new totem pole on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969, when the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.

Explore Further with the Library’s Indigenous Guides

Delve further into Indigenous subjects with the Indigenous Education guides. Subject-specific collections on the following topics:

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Written by Linda Fox, Library Services

Successful Ways to Manage your Time!

June 8, 2020

Are you looking for ways to put the “Pro” in productivity? 

Whether you are looking for ways to break the habit of procrastination or trying to figure out how to navigate working or studying from home during these uncertain times, the RRC Library offers excellent resources that can help you develop skills to better manage your time. 

If you are looking for a summer read, check out the two eBooks in the RRC collection listed below, they both offer tips and tricks on how to effectively manage your time.


Successful Time Management in a Week
by Robert Ashton

Successful Time Management in a Week teaches you key points that will help you increase your efficiency and productivity successfully. With an ‘in a week’ structure, the book has seven straightforward chapters.

Time Management
by Brian Tracy

In Time Management, author Brian Tracy reveals 21 proven time management techniques that can help you gain more productive hours in your everyday. 

These are just a couple examples of the books available online from the Library. Want to find more? Try entering keywords such as time management or productivity in OneSearch (Tip: To limit to e-resources, click the Available online filter on the left side).

Additional Resources:

Take a look at the fantastic guide and blog created by the RRC Library and the Academic Support Centre for tips and tricks on how to manage your time better, effective ways to study from home, and how to avoid procrastinating!

Have a question? Ask Us!Ask Us button for Library chat

While the Library’s physical doors are still closed, our online service desk is up and running! Whether you are staff or student, we welcome whatever questions you may have for us.

To connect with us, visit and click on the Ask Us chat button or email us at We also offer virtual meetings upon request.

In these uncertain times when many of us are unexpectedly isolated in work and study, RRC Library wants you to know that we care and are still here to assist you.