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First Nation Communities READ 2018 Selected Titles


The Water Walker by Joanne Roberston and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga are the selected titles for the Indigenous Literature Award 2018, part of the First Nation Communities READ program.

The Water Walker (in the Children's category) is the story of an Ojibwe Grandmother who walks to raise awareness for our need to protect Nibi - water - for future generations. 

Seven Fallen Feathers  (in the YA/Adult category) is winning many accolades this year - it tells an important story of high school students who died in Thunder Bay while far from their homes and families.

First Nation Communities READ encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling and intergenerational information sharing, while also increasing awareness of First Nation, Metis and Inuit voices and experiences through writing, illustration and publishing.  The strong short list of books included The Marrow Thieves and My Conversations with Canadians.  The titles were chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, and represent the best of Indigenous literature from Turtle Island today.