The First Nation Language Revitalization Project, also known as the First Nation Languages Portal, has been an ongoing organizational priority for Ontario Library Service – North since 2015. The overall goal of the project is to provide Indigenous language resources for librarians working in the Province of Ontario. This goal is accomplished by the launch and maintenance to the Language Portal website.

First Nations Library Service

The main goal of the First Nations Library Service is to assist Ontario First Nation public librarians through programs and consulting services, to establish and maintain public libraries. We provide training and consulting for First Nation Public Libraries in Northern Ontario.

The First Nation Advisor provides consultation services to assist First Nations establish and build library services. The advisor provides advice on best practices, guidance and training. The advisor also organize training events with the assistance of the First Nation Strategic Action Group (FNSAG), such as the First Nations Spring Gathering, training events, and other workshops

Ontario Library Service – North

Mission and Mandate 

Ontario Library Service – North is a non-scheduled agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

The agency is governed by a nine-member board, which receives its authority from the Public Libraries Act, the Corporations Act, and its Letters Patent.  Operating at an arm’s length from the Ministry, the Board conducts itself according to a Memorandum of Understanding.

The purpose of the Ontario Library Service is to provide programs and services on behalf of the Ministry by:

  • Increasing cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers in order to promote the provision of library services to the public.
  • Assisting public library boards by providing them with services and programs that reflect their needs, including consultation, training and development services.


Deanna Nebenionquit, First Nations Capacity Building Advisor | Ontario Library Service – North