2020/21 First Nation Communities READ Awards

We are thrilled to announce the longlists for this 2020-2021 First Nation Communities READ awards in the Children’s and the YA/Adult Categories.  These lists represent the very best in Indigenous literature today.

Please contact Nancy Cooper for more information.

Longlist of Nominated Titles
YA/Adult Category
  • Adams, K.C. (2019) Perception: A Photo Series. Winnipeg: Highwater Press.
  • Akiwenzie-Damm, K., et al. (2019) This Place: 150 Years Retold. Winnipeg: Highwater Press.
  • Blanchard, C. (2019) A Fresh Pack of Smokes. Gibsons: Nightwood Editions.
  • Dimaline, C. (2019) Empire of Wild. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre.
  • Elliott, A. (2019) A Mind Spread Out on the Ground. Toronto: Doubleday Canada.
  • Fletcher, A, Meyelle, M, ed. (2019) The Man Who Lived with a Giant: Stories from Johnny Neyelle, Dene Elder. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.
  • Goldeneagle, C.R. (2019) Bone Black. Gibsons: Nightwood Editions.
  • Hutchinson, M. (2019) The Case of Windy Lake. Toronto: Second Story Press.
  • Johnston, A. (2019) Those Who Dwell Below. Iqaluit: Inhabit Media.
  • Knott, H. (2019) In My Own Moccasins. Regina: University of Regina Press.
  • Louttit, E. (2019) The Unexpected Cop: Indian Ernie on a Life of Leadership. Regina: University of Regina Press.
  • McBride, K. (2019) Crow Winter. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Meshake, R. (2019) Injichaag My Soul in Story. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.
  • Mountain, A. (2019) From Bear Rock Mountain. Victoria: Touchwood Editions.
  • Neel, D. (2019) The Way Home. Vancouver: UBC Press, On Press Point.
  • Newman, C, Hudson, K, ed. (2019) Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers.
  • Nicoll, M.Y. (2019) Carpe Fin. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre.
  • Shingoose, N. (2019) Powwow Summer. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company.
  • Taillet, J. (2019) The North-West is Our Mother. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Taylor, D.H. (2019) Chasing Painted Horses. Toronto: Cormorant.
  • Thistle, J. (2019) From the Ashes. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Twist, A. (2019) Disintegrate Dissociate. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  • Van Camp, R. (2019) Moccasin Square Gardens. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre.
  • Wagamese, R. (2019) One Drum. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre.
  • Walbourne-Gough, D. (2019) Crow Gulch. Fredricton: Goose Lane Editions.
  • Yellowhorn, E. (2019) What the Eagle Sees. Toronto: Annick Press.

Previous Winners

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  1. Brainstorm with colleagues to identify ways your library can participate in the First Nation Communities Read program.
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