Municipality, Library creating virtual Book Club to highlight Indigenous voices

By Nicole Andrews on December 03rd, 2021

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Wood Buffalo Regional Library (WBRL) are partnering to create the It's Time to Read book club, featuring the works and voices of Indigenous authors.

As part of ongoing efforts to advance Reconciliation, this virtual book club is intended to increase understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture, history, and current issues.

“Learning is a critical step,” said RMWB Indigenous and Rural Relations Director Dennis Fraser. “Through Indigenous authors—by exploring their voices and worldviews, and by talking through the themes in their writings, we can all find important lessons and points of reflection.”

“Wood Buffalo Regional Library is thrilled to collaborate with the RMWB on the It’s Time to Read book club,” said Sheri Anthony, WBRL Community Engagement Manager. “Books, both fiction and nonfiction, are a powerful tool for education and reconciliation. Through this book club, we hope our community expands their awareness of Indigenous experiences, engages with Indigenous history and way of life, and gains a deeper understanding of the effects of colonization and the importance of reconciliation. We look forward to the conversations in January and throughout 2022.”

Through a virtual platform, book club members will regularly explore and discuss books and share thoughts through discussion, polls, and other methods. All are welcome to join; however, it is important to note that books may contain adult content, including but not limited to adult language and themes, and violence.

In January, the club will explore its first book: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. The first 20 subscribers will receive a free copy. Please note, this giveaway is only open to Wood Buffalo residents.

Interested in joining the book club? Visit participate.rmwb.ca/it-s-time-to-read for more information and to subscribe.

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About Firekeeper's Daughter

  • Firekeeper’s Daughter is a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick, an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller and soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.

Synopsis:

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in—both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When her family is struck by tragedy, Daunis puts her dreams on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming recruit on her brother’s hockey team.

After Daunis witnesses a shocking murder that thrusts her into a criminal investigation, she agrees to go undercover. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. How far will she go to protect her community if it means tearing apart the only world she’s ever known?


Check out our Book Exchange Shelf in the Bouchier Indigenous Cultural Corner! If there's a copy of Firekeeper's Daughter there, take it home to read (no need to check out). Finished with a copy you have, you can leave it there for someone else to take home and read.