National Aboriginal Day is this Friday, June 21st. BJ, our adult collections librarian, came up with some good suggestions:
1/ I have done two lists in BiblioCommons in the past… ‘Theytus Books – Celebrating 30 Years’ and ‘Okanagan First NationHistory, Stories & Legends’
2/ “Speaking My Truth: reflections on reconciliation andresidential schools” - selected by Shelagh Rogers (CBC) and series editors Mike DeGagné and Jonathan Dewar (short memoirs and essays from a variety of perspectives) We have a book club kit for this title as well.
3/ We have 2 interesting dvds donated by Westbank First Nation “Stories from Westbank First Nation Women” and “MoreStories from Westbank First Nation Women”.
4/ Some FN storytellers and authors I’d recommend: Harry Robinson (Okanagan), Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan), Tomson Highway (Cree), Drew HaydenTaylor (Ojibway), Richard Wagamese (Ojibway), Richard Van Camp (Dogrib)
4/ Finally read “Three Day Road” by Joseph Boyden -- held my interest (actually my eyes were glued to the book!) on a longish plane trip. Loosely based on a real-life First Nations sharpshooter in WW One - fabulous storytelling, amazing writing.