On-Reserve On-Settlement (OROS) Grant funding was created to ensure that people living in Indigenous communities in Alberta would have access to the same quality of library service as their non-Indigenous neighbours.
Yellowhead Regional Library (YRL) receives funding from Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) in order to support services to Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Paul First Nation. YRL Member Libraries also provide services to Indigenous cardholders from the following Reserves and Settlements: Enoch Cree Nation, Ermineskin First Nation, Louis Bull Tribe, Maskwacis First Nation, Montana First Nation, and Samson Cree Nation.
The 2022 – 2023 OROS Grant has been awarded to Spruce Grove Public Library for the employment of an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper to provide programs and services to the tri-regional area, Paul First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and YRL member libraries. YRL will be using a portion of the grant to purchase literacy kits that the Knowledge Keeper will then deliver on site to the Indigenous communities.