First Nation Communities Read

First Nations Communities Read is 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 2018-2019 Announce the Children and Young Adult/Adult Selected Titles for the Indigenous Literature Award


The Water Walker by Joanne Roberston  Published by Second Story Press

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.

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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.

To learn more, see our About page.

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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