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Indigenous History Month at BPL

Throughout June, we honour the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

At BPL, we recognize that we play an important role in educating our community about Indigenous peoples in Canada by amplifying Indigenous voices and making books by Indigenous authors readily available.

Attend Indigenous History Month Events In Person

During Indigenous History Month, we welcome BC author Brandon Reid to Central Branch on Tuesday, June 4 to discuss his critically acclaimed debut novel, Beautiful Beautiful, a coming-of-age story with humour and heart. On Wednesday, June 5, Kristy Jackson, author of Mortified, presents an afterschool writing workshop, Writing Feelings Into Story, for middle-grade students!

Books from Past Presenters at BPL

We’ve had many amazing Indigenous authors at Burlington Public Library speak about the importance of Indigenous history and heritage. The month of June presents an opportunity to read their books and learn from their experiences.

Susan Aglukark

book cover of Una Huna? Ukpik Learns to Sew

Well known for her Juno Award-winning music, Inuk artist Susan Aglukark has also written a children’s book, Una Huna? Ukpik Learns to Sew. It’s the story of a Ukpik learning the importance of traditional survival skills for the cold Arctic climate.

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Joseph Dandurand

book cover of The Girl Who Loved Birds by Joseph Dandurand

Kwantlen writer Joseph Dandurand dives deep into the ongoing process of healing through reconnection with family, the natural world, and traditional Indigenous storytelling. In addition to writing award-winning poetry, Joseph Dandurand has also written plays and children’s books. He is from Kwantlen First Nation in British Columbia.

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Alicia Elliott

book cover of And Then She Fell

A nationally acclaimed Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River, Alicia Elliott's debut novel, And Then She Fell, is a gripping story about Native life, motherhood, and mental health that follows a young Mohawk woman who discovers that the picture-perfect life she always hoped for may have horrifying consequences.

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Patty Krawec

book cover of Becoming Kin

In Becoming Kin, Patty Krawec weaves her own story with the story of her ancestors and with the broader themes of creation, replacement, and disappearance. She poses the question, What would it look like to remember that we are all related? How might we become better relatives to the land, to one another, and to Indigenous movements for solidarity? Krawec is an Anishinaabe and Ukrainian writer from Lac Seul First Nation in Ontario.

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Stacey Laforme

book cover of Living in the Tall Grass

In Living in the Tall Grass: Poems of Reconciliation, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Chief R. Stacey Laforme gives a history of his people through stories and poetry to let Canadians see through the eyes of Indigenous people. This collection carries a universal message that "We should not have to change to fit into society the world should adapt to embrace our uniqueness."

Amanda Peters

book cover of The Berry Pickers

A writer of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry, Amanda Peters' dazzling debut novel, The Berry Pickers, is a riveting story about the search for truth, the shadow of trauma, and the persistence of love across time.

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Waubgeshig Rice

book cover of Moon of the Turning Leaves

Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe writer from the Wasauksing First Nation in Ontario and the author of the phenomenal breakout bestseller Moon of the Crusted Snow. The story picks up a decade later in Rice's sequel, Moon of the Turning Leaves, a brooding tale of survival, resilience, Indigenous identity, and rebirth.

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David A. Robertson

book cover of The Theory of Crows

The Theory of Crows, by award-winning Cree author David A. Robertson, is the story of a troubled father and his estranged teenage daughter who head out onto the land in search of the family trapline to find a way back to themselves and to each other.

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Maurice H. Switzer

book cover of We Are All Treaty People

We Are All Treaty People, written by Maurice Switzer of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation and illustrated by Charley Hebert, a member of Dokis First Nation, is a 34-page illustrated history offering students and educators a brief look at the history of treaties from the Anishinabek perspective.

Drew Hayden Taylor

book cover of Cold

Drew Hayden Taylor's new book, Cold, takes tropes from the murder mystery, police procedural, thriller, and horror genres, weaving a pulse-pounding and propulsive narrative with an intricate cast of characters, while never losing the ability to make you laugh. Taylor is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario.

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Jesse Wente

book cover of Unreconciled

In Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance, Jesse Wente uncovers the lies and myths that affect relations between white and Indigenous peoples and the power of narrative to emphasize truth over comfort. He is an Ojibwe member of Serpent River First Nation. 

Indigenous History Month Booklists

Indigenous History Month is not only a time to celebrate but also a time to educate ourselves and others about the rich and diverse history and heritage of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.

We invite you to check out these booklists curated by BPL staff for more Indigenous History Month books and resources.

Indigenous History Month
Stories and Tales for and about our Indigenous Young Adults
CBC Books: Indigenous Literature
Indigenous Reads for Teens
Indigenous Voices: Staff Non-Fiction Picks
Indigenous Titles Just for Kids