Victoria Native Friendship Centre

June 4, 2014

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre in Saanich, BC recently celebrated the opening of its new library. The library has been made possible through a combination of grants, book donations, and volunteer support. The collection currently numbers around 2,500 titles, including aboriginal fiction, art, languages, history, spirituality, and children’s books from Indigenous writers. The University of Victoria has provided assistance with cataloging the books, and the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) donated furniture and provided guidance. Rina Hadziev with the GVPL noted the benefits of having a library in the friendship centre: “we want libraries to be where people are … and the friendship centre is already a cultural gathering space, so it’s a natural fit.” Victoria Times-Colonist