MPL Awarded Major Grant to Support ‘Be Inspired’ Healthy Communities Initiative

Milton Public Library is the proud recipient of $50K in funding from the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Partnering with local Indigenous organisation Grandmother’s Voice, MPL plans to bring new life to Beaty Branch and inspire a more inclusive, inviting, and vibrant community space, both indoors and out that will include an Indigenous garden, supportive programs, and enhanced collections.

Implemented by Community Foundations of Canada, the Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces to create safe ways for communities to access services, enjoy the outdoors and adapt to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

An Indigenous garden was planted in spring 2022 at Beaty Branch, with a view to centre Indigenous ways of knowing about the land, plants, and medicines. These teachings will be supported by a year of Indigenous-centered programming, featuring voices of Indigenous authors, artists, Elders, and residential school survivors, presented through consultation with Grandmother’s Voice and leaders from the Indigenous community in and around Halton.

Grandmother’s Voice is a body of unified Indigenous people creating a safe, secure community that advances knowledge, education, and understanding of Indigenous cultures and practices. This group of Elders and Knowledge keepers were recently awarded with the Suzuki Foundation Future Ground Grand Prize for their Indigenous Seeds of Hope: Planting Our Future Healing Garden and Wellness Centre in Milton. We look forward to building a healthier community. 

Beaty Mural 

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month and as part of our Healthy Communities Initiative, we hosted a special unveiling of 'Medicines', a beautiful four-panel mural painted by local Indigenous artist Cassandra Bomberry at Beaty Branch on June 1, 2023.

Cassandra, a Kanien’kehá:ka artist from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation, spoke about her inspiration for the piece:  “Medicines is inspired by the medicines planted in the library’s garden and the plants surrounding the area. Growing up, I was thankful to be surrounded by nature and grateful for its power to uplift my spirits. I wanted this mural to create that same sense of positivity and wellbeing for the visitors of this library. In the same way books can educate us, the natural world has an abundance of knowledge for us to learn from. I hope to honour nature with this painting and remind us of the important relationship we have with the natural world.

The mural will be permanently displayed at Beaty branch in the grand entrance.


In partnership with Grandmother’s Voice, MPL will be hosting Community Circles. In these circles participants will meet to talk about a provided theme for the circle and provide a sense of community and interconnectedness. Everyone will have a turn to speak and be heard and learn more about what can be done to connect our community. All members, from the four directions are welcome.

Upcoming Dates:


Past Dates:

February 16, 2022

Theme: Meet the Community 

April 22, 2022 @ 10:30am at the Beaty Branch 

Theme: Indigenous Gardening 

Garden Ambassador Volunteer Opportunity

Theme: Gardening

Every Saturday, June 4 - July 30, 2022

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Theme: Gardening

Every Thursday, September 1 - September 29, 2022

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Garden Ambassador Volunteer Opportunities

Theme: Gardening

Every Saturday, September 3 - September 24, 2022

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Remember the Children

Theme: Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2022

12:00 PM-1:30 PM

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Information: Campaigns & Caused | Grandmother's Voice (

Miinikaan (‘the SEED’ in Ojibwe) offers consulting landscape design and garden installation. They grow Indigenous gardens that feed people and pollinators, and beautify the urban landscape.

Miinikaan gardens invite curiosity and demonstrate Indigenous Agroecology teachings. They cultivate relationships between people and plants, by teaching and learning about the foods, medicines and habitats. Their designs and gardening techniques improve the local ecology. The plant combinations in their gardens are tolerant of extreme weather and thrive in unlikely urban spaces.