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New book club at the Nelson Library highlights Indigenous authors

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January 8th, 2024

If your New Year’s resolve is to grow in understanding of Indigenous culture and history, start your year right by joining the Nelson Library’s new book club.

Indigenous Reads Book Club will include a monthly meeting along with a curated selection of books written by Indigenous authors that explore the truth of Indigenous history and the richness of Indigenous culture. New learners are welcome to come to one or to all five meetings.

Each meeting’s conversation will revolve around a specific theme, such as MMIWG2S (Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit); Residential Schools; Indigenous History; Indigiqueer; and Indigenous Humour.

Copies of the book assigned to each conversation can be found at the front desk anytime we are open and read before each meeting.

The new book club has evolved out of the library’s new strategic framework which includes a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, with a promise that “truth, reconciliation, Indigenization and decolonization inform our programs, services and policies.”

Adult Services Coordinator Melodie Rae Storey says that the Indigenous Reads Book Club is one way to start a relationship with Indigenous peoples.

“I believe in the power of Indigenous literature as a good first step to understanding,” she says.

“The artistry of the authors, the humor woven through the darkness, the power of their storytelling is an educational experience, but also just an immense pleasure for any book lover.”

Indigenous Reads Book Club runs from January to May at the Nelson Library.

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