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Indigenous Book Club

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Welcome to our Indigenous Book Club online chat with  Michel Jean, author and editor of Amun! The live chat will open at 7:30 p.m. this evening.

LIVE CHAT WILL OPEN AT 7:30 p.m. (in French only) :

Past Chats

How to join the chat

  • Click on the GUEST button (grey button, bottom right) and write your name (ie, Julie).




To celebrate National Aboriginal History Month, and as part of our Canada 150 anniversary programming, OPL will be hosting an Indigenous Book Club, and a live online chat from June 12-14, 2017.

Read the books and chat online with the authors and special guests from the Ottawa Aboriginal community.

  •    Monday, June 12 – 12:00 p.m.: live chat with Vera Wabegijig, a nishnaabe poet, blogger, anishnaabe language enthusiast, who lives in Ottawa. She is the author of Wild Rice Dreams.  She will be discussing the book The Outside Circle – in English
  •    Tuesday, June 13 – 7:15 p.m.: live chat with The Outside Circle author Patti LaBoucane-Benson – in English
  •    Wednesday, June 14 – 7:30 p.m.: live chat with author and editor of Amun, Michel Jean – in French

The books

Book cover for The Outside Circle

The Outside Circle, by Patti LaBoucane-Benson
“In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives. Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author’s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Aboriginal men.”

Author Patti LaBoucane-Benson

“Patti LaBoucane-Benson is a Métis woman and the Director of Research, Training, and Communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA). She has a Ph.D. in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family Resilience.

Book cover for Amun

Amun: nouvelles directed by Michel Jean

Amun is a gathering of 10 short stories written by talented Aboriginal writers from different backgrounds, nations and ages. Their stories, all different from one another, will make you travel through various territories and eras.They will make you live a variety of emotions, from sadness to nostalgia, from extramarital love to maternal love, from melancholy to self-acceptance. This captivating collection will introduce you to the many Aboriginal realities. 

Author and collection editor Michel Jean

Innu, Michel Jean completed his studies in history and sociology before starting on the radio. He is a TV Anchor at TVA, radio host, investigative reporter and author. He has published seven books, all hailed by critics, in addition to having taken part in three collections of short stories. 

Past chats