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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. Learn more

First Nation Communities READ 2019-2020

 
Longlist of Nominated Titles – YA/Adult Category
  • Archibald-Barber, JR, ed. (2018) Kisiskaciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly. Regina: University of Regina Press.
  • Bartleman, J. (2018) A Matter of Conscience. Toronto: Dundurn Press.
  • Beneway, G. (2018) Holy Wild. Toronto: BookHug Press.
  • Burrows, L.K. (2018) Otter’s Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Daniels, C. (2018) Hireath. Toronto: Inanna Publications.
  • Downey, A. (2018) The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Dumont, A. (2018) Sitting by the Rapids. Owen Sound: Kegedonce Press.
  • Gray Smith, M. (2018) Tilly and the Crazy Eights. Toronto: Second Story Press.
  • Jones, AG. (2018) Fire Song. Toronto: Annick Press.
  • Joseph, B. (2108) 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. Vancouver: Indigenous Relations Press.
  • Koostacin, J. (2018) Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths. Owen Sound: Kegedonce Press.
  • Lundy, R. (2018) Blackbird Song. Regina: University of Regina Press.
  • Mailhot, T. (2018) Heartberries. Toronto: Doubleday Canada.
  • McLeod, D. (2108) Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Toronto: Douglas McIntyre.
  • Nixon, L. (2018) Nitisanak. Montreal: Metonymy Press.
  • Rice, W. (2018) Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel. Toronto: ECW Press.
  • Spillett, T. (2018) Surviving the City. Winnipeg: Portage and Main Press.
  • Sumac, S. (2018) You are Enough: Love Poems for the End of the World. Owen Sound: Kegedonce Press.
  • Tagaq, T. (2018) Split Tooth. Toronto: Viking-division of Penguin Canada.
  • Talaga, T. (2018) All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward. Toronto: House of Anansi Press.
  • Van Camp, R., Smith, MG. (2018) The Journey Forward, Novellas on Reconciliation. Vancouver: McKeller and Martin.
  • Vermette, K. (2018) A Girl Called Echo: Red River Resistance. Winnipeg: Highwater Press.
  • Vermette, K. (2018) River Woman. Toronto: House of Anansi Press.
  • Wemigwans, J. (2018) A Digital Bundle: Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online. Regina: University of Regina Press.
  • Whitehead, Joshua. (2018) Jonny Appleseed. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.

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:

About the Award

Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award The Periodical Marketers of Canada’s Aboriginal Literature Award is an award inspired by the goals of the First Nation Communities Read program. It will provide the creators of the First Nation Communities Read 2016-2017 title selection with a $5,000 prize. This is the third year the Periodical Marketers of Canada will present the Aboriginal 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.

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.