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Indigenous Book Club & Discover Indigenous Authors
This guide is a resource to support the University of Toronto Tri-Campus Indigenous Book Club. It brings together multi-media resources and works created by Indigenous authors and artists.
In Nobody Cries At Bingo, the narrator, Dawn, invites the reader to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the sterotypes and clichés of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and indomitable humour that lay bear the beauty and love within her family. It is her unerring eye that reveals the great bond of family expressed in the actions and affections of her sisters, aunties, uncles, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and ultimately her ancestors. It's all here - life on the Rez in rich technicolour - as Dawn emerges from home life, through school life, and into the promise of a great future. Nobody Cries At Bingo is a book that embraces cultural differences and does it with the great traditional medicine of laughter.
Fire Starters by Jennifer Storm; Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
Looking for a little mischief after finding an old flare gun, Ron and Ben find themselves in trouble when the local gas bar on Agamiing Reserve goes up in flames, and they are wrongly accused of arson by the sheriff's son. As the investigation goes forward, community attitudes are revealed, and the truth slowly comes to light.
Will I See by David Robertson; G. M. B. Chomichuk (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookummake these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that who have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See?illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
7 Generations by David Robertson; Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
This graphic novel follows one Plains Cree family from the early nineteenth century to the present day. For Edwin, the story of his ancestors from both the distant and recent past must guide him through an uncertain present and to the dawn of a new future. 7 Generationsexplores the life of Stone, a young Cree warrior, the smallpox epidemic of 1870, and the residential school system of the 20th century and its familial legacy.