The Glen Ellyn Public Library is grateful for its place in the Village of Glen Ellyn and the land we are able to inhabit. We acknowledge the peoples who were here long before the village was formed: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi who are also known as the Council of Three Fires. Others such as the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kickapoo, Peoria, Miami, Sauk, Fox, and Illinois also settled on and moved through this land. The people of these tribes cared for this land as stewards of the rivers, the wildlife, and the plants, which flourished. They inhabited villages in the area, including those in what are now Churchill Woods and The Morton Arboretum.
As an organization whose mission is to serve the community as a vibrant center for accurate information, robust learning, and personal discovery the Glen Ellyn Public Library wants to ensure that we tell with integrity, the history of the land that we now inhabit. We are committed to offering materials (books, dvds, etc.) and programming that accurately reflects the history and the present day lives of the Indigenous community. We will use our physical and digital spaces to share first voice information. We will offer programming in partnership with indigenous cultures who were here before and are here today. We will offer the space for all to tell their stories and we will listen.
This statement is made in good faith and we recognize that it may need to be adapted to more accurately reflect the lived experiences of the indigenous peoples in this area. This statement is fluid and will change as needed.
The Glen Ellyn Public Library thanks Gina Roxas of Trickster Cultural Center, who shared her time and knowledge to help craft this statement.