FIRST NATION PUBLIC LIBRARIES

FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES READ

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About First Nations Communities READ

First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading program launched in 2003 by the First Nations public library community in Ontario. First Nation Communities Read selected and other recommended titles:

  • encourage family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing;
  • are written and/or illustrated by, or otherwise involve the participation of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit creator;
  • contain First Nation, Métis, or Inuit content produced with the support of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit advisers/consultants or First Nation, Métis, or Inuit endorsement.

First Nation Communities READ 2019-2020


Toronto, August 26, 2019 – First Nation Communities READ announces the shortlist for the combined Children’s and Young Adult/Adult categories of the Indigenous Literature Award. Chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, these titles represent the best of Indigenous literature from across Turtle Island today. The title selection announcement for FNCR 2019-2020 will take place at Toronto’s Word on the Street Festival on Sunday September 22, 2019 at Harbourfront Centre. The authors of the selected titles will be the recipients of the Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award and will each receive a $3000 cash prize. 
Shortlist of Nominated Titles – YA/Adult Category
  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. Published by ECW Press
  • Tilly and the Crazy Eights by Monique Gray Smith. Published by Second Story Press
  • Otter’s Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law by Lindsay Keegitah Borrows. Published by UBC Press
  • Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths by Jules Koostachin. Published by Kegedonce Press
  • Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones. Published by Annick Press

About the Award


The Periodical Marketers of Canada’s Indigenous Literature Award is inspired by the goals of the First Nation Communities READ program. It will provide each of the authors of the First Nation Communities

READ 2018-2019 title selections with a $3,000 prize. This is the fifth year the Periodical Marketers of Canada will present the Indigenous Literature Award.

Learn more on our About page.

First Nation Communities Read acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for this project.

2018-2019 Children and Young Adult/Adult Selected Titles

 
The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson Book Cover Image
The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson Published by Second Story Press
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga Book Cover Image
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga Published by House of Anansi Press

Toronto June 12, 2018 – First Nation Communities READ 2018-2019 announces the selected titles in the Children’s and YA/Adult Categories.  Chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, these titles represent the best of Indigenous literature.  The selected titles’ authors will be presented with the Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award on June 27th in Toronto at Yonge/Dundas Square as part of National Indigenous History Month celebrations.  The Indigenous Literature Award comes with a prize of $3000 for each author.

Download list of final indigenous literature award winners:

Previous Winners

Click on each year to learn more about the nominees and winners:

Support FNCR

Ways that you and your library can participate in First Nation Communities READ:

  1. Brainstorm with colleagues to identify ways your library can participate in the First Nation Communities Read program.
  2. Make a commitment to participate in, at least, one way.
  3. Display the annual First Nation Communities Read poster if your library is included in a sponsored distribution of it. Or, purchase the poster if your library isn’t included in a sponsored distribution.

Posters


First Nation Communities READ acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for this project

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Contact Us

For assistance with any of our services to First Nations libraries, please contact Nancy Cooper, Library Consultant.