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Aboriginal Book and Video Club

 November 7th​​​​​​​​

 Highway of Tears

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​Director: Matthew Smiley 

Starring: Nathan Fillion

We're starting the year off with a documentary.  Come and join Allen Beckingham, Julie-Anna Martin, and Erica Fitton to discuss this documentary that recounts the true stories of dozens of women who have gone missing along Highway 16 in northern British Columbia since the 1960s.

Here is the link to Netflix for you to watch before you come:  https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80102545

When: Tuesday, November 7th
Where: Theo's (Upstairs)
Time: 3:30- 5:00


Register with Julie-Anna Martin 
jmartin@summer.com​

January 22nd

Up Ghost River, by Edmund Metatawabin & Alexandra Shimo

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A powerful, raw and eloquent memoir about the abuse former First Nations Chief Edmund Metatawabin endured in residential school in the 1960s, the resulting trauma, and the spirit he rediscovered within himself and his community through traditional spirituality and knowledge. Foreword by Joseph Boyden.

When: Monday, January 22nd
Where: Theo's Restaurant
Time: 3:30- 5:00
Register with Julie-Anna Martin 
jmartin@summer.com

April (Date, Location TBA)

Bearskin Diary, by Carol Daniels

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"One of the most important voices in Canadian literature today."
—Richard Van Camp

Winner: Aboriginal Literature Award (2017)
Winner: First Nation Communities READ Award (2017)
Short-listed: Saskatchewan Book Awards - Fiction Award (2016)

Book Description

Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced, at a time when movements like Idle No More call for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Carol Daniels adds an important perspective to the Canadian literary landscape.

Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, Sandy was only one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. Sandy was adopted by a Ukrainian family and grew up as the only First Nations child in a town of white people. Ostracized by everyone around her and tired of being different, at the early age of five she tried to scrub the brown off her skin. But she was never sent back into the foster system, and for that she considers herself lucky.

From this tragic period in her personal life and in Canadian history, Sandy does not emerge unscathed, but she emerges strong—finding her way by embracing the First Nations culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny. Those very roots allow Sandy to overcome the discriminations that she suffers every day from her co-workers, from strangers and sometimes even from herself.