Read this and be inspired…
In June, Librairies indépendantes du Québec released a resource called Je lis autochtone! (I read Indigenous), a fifty-two-page booklet to help readers discover the variety and richness of Indigenous literatures. Je lis autochtone! includes a host of reading suggestions, advice from booksellers, book reviews, author interviews and portraits, and suggestions of other resources to learn more. It’s available in print at all independent bookstores in the Librairies indépendantes du Québec network, in Quebec’s public libraries, and online.
Did you know that there are currently over fifty boil water advisories or no-drink advisories in Indigenous communities in Canada? This is the theme of Anishinaabe author Sunshine Tenasco’s children’s book Nibi a soif, très soif - a little girl named Nibi is thirsty and can't find clean water to drink.
Also included are Diane Obomsawin, an Abenaki illustrator, graphic artist, and cartoonist; Atikamekw author Janis Ottawa; Wendat poet, author, and organizer Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui, along with many more wonderful works. I’ve read a few of the books listed (in English translation), and this booklet has inspired me to seek out many more.
Catherine Fisher, blogger
Image: Le réseau des librairies