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Welcome to the It's Time to Read book club! This virtual book club features the works and voices of Indigenous authors to increase understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture, history, and current issues. Help us build bridges through books and advance reconciliation in the region.

Settle in with a blanket, a cup of tea and participate in It's Time to Read from the comfort of your own home! The book club is entirely virtual. Check back regularly for discussion, polls and other exclusive content. Subscribe to ensure you don't miss any of the action. All are welcome to join; however, it is important to note books may contain adult content, including but not limited to adult language and themes, and violence.

In June, we are commemorating National Indigenous History Month by reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process.

This essential guide is written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer and is key to understanding the legal document and its cruel, enduring impact on generations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Starting June 1, the book club will explore one section of the Indian Act, leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. Follow along here and on the Wood Buffalo Regional Library's Facebook page!

There will also be weekly prizes for participants, as well as a monthly grand prize! Each week, the names of those who have commented or shared at least one daily post will be entered into a draw, which will be held every Monday in the month of June. A grand prize will also be drawn on June 22, the day after National Indigenous Peoples Day!


A note on the use of the word Indian: the word is used in the book because of its legal and historical context. Otherwise, it is not an acceptable word to use. To learn more about the use of the word in context of this book, please refer to pages 10-12.

Welcome to the It's Time to Read book club! This virtual book club features the works and voices of Indigenous authors to increase understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture, history, and current issues. Help us build bridges through books and advance reconciliation in the region.

Settle in with a blanket, a cup of tea and participate in It's Time to Read from the comfort of your own home! The book club is entirely virtual. Check back regularly for discussion, polls and other exclusive content. Subscribe to ensure you don't miss any of the action. All are welcome to join; however, it is important to note books may contain adult content, including but not limited to adult language and themes, and violence.

In June, we are commemorating National Indigenous History Month by reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process.

This essential guide is written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer and is key to understanding the legal document and its cruel, enduring impact on generations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Starting June 1, the book club will explore one section of the Indian Act, leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. Follow along here and on the Wood Buffalo Regional Library's Facebook page!

There will also be weekly prizes for participants, as well as a monthly grand prize! Each week, the names of those who have commented or shared at least one daily post will be entered into a draw, which will be held every Monday in the month of June. A grand prize will also be drawn on June 22, the day after National Indigenous Peoples Day!


A note on the use of the word Indian: the word is used in the book because of its legal and historical context. Otherwise, it is not an acceptable word to use. To learn more about the use of the word in context of this book, please refer to pages 10-12.

Please introduce yourself.

Hello and welcome to It's Time to Read, a virtual book club seeking to build bridges through books to advance reconciliation in Wood Buffalo. We are so glad to have you here. Please take a moment and introduce yourself. 

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Hello! My name is Janet. I was born, raised and worked in McMurray. Though I now live in Edmonton, my heart remains in Ft McMurray. Today, this book finally arrived in the library. I will be auditing during the time we have left.

Janet about 2 months ago

Hello, my name is Becky. I am a stay at home mom of 4 children and I love to read. This is my first time joining this group and I am looking forward to reading The Indian Act in a group setting, as I have been intimidated to read it.

Becky 2 months ago

I read the book at the beginning of April. I could not put it down and was a great read.

Dogbe 3 months ago

Hey
My name is Donna and I’ve been in Fort McMurray for 15 years. Love learning, learning is life long. Looking forward to being a part of this reader community!

Amethest 4 months ago

Hi everyone! My name is Sally, and I work in Community Engagement at the library! I love reading and storytelling, and I'm excited to dive into "The Strangers" with you all. Looking forward to connecting with you over this book, and gaining insight on Indigenous voices and issues.

sallysam 4 months ago

Hey,
I am Cassandra. I am a mother of three and love to read when I have time. I love reading indigenous authors and looking forward to discussing the book :)

CassandraM 4 months ago

Hey! I'm Becca- a mom of 3 working full time so reading has taken a back seat. Joining this book club has me taking a dive back into reading and I must say, I am hooked! Great choice for whomever chose it. Thanks for having me!

Becca 4 months ago

Hi ! I’m Chantelle and I love to read ! I typically stick to thriller & romance genre so am looking forward to expanding my knowledge on Indigenous culture & issues that are still prevalent. Thank you for the invitation.

Cchristensen 4 months ago

Hi! I’m Carla and I love to read. I actually read this book a little while ago and really enjoyed it. Excited to connect with other bookworms.

CSeguin 4 months ago

Hi everyone, my name is Megan. I’m really excited to have finally joined a book club as I love reading and I have had the privilege of reading Katherena Vernettes writing already, so I’m looking forward to this book!

emmh 4 months ago

Hi! I’m Paige, late to the party this month but I love reading every night before bed and can’t wait to dive into The Strangers tonight! Looking forward to connecting with fellow book worms :)

paige.cyr 4 months ago

Hello. My name is kim. I used to read books a lot then I joined audible two years ago. I like most genres. Just recently started listening to podcasts. I always hoped a book club would come up in my community and am happy that I found this group.

Kimberley Rose 4 months ago

Hi, I'm Farrah. I listen to a lot of books, so I'll be using Audible for this one. I've never been part of a book club but I think this book sounds like it will be an interesting listen and I hope to learn about some authors outside of my regular sci-fi/fantasy genera.

FTerp 4 months ago

Hello! I’m Janene and I’m excited to join the club and read this book!

JJHickman 5 months ago

Hello I am Daryll. I just picked up my book and I am looking forward to reading it. It is always great to discover new authors with important relevant content.

DP 5 months ago

Hello! I am Jillian. I live and work in Fort McMurray. This is my first book club and I am excited to take part and an Ambassador! I love reading and I am looking forward to the opportunity to build my bookshelf and knowledge of indigenous authors while increasing my personal understanding and awareness of Indigenous cultures, history, and current issues.

Jillian 5 months ago

Hello, my name is Jenn Vardy. I work in Indigenous Government Relations and Policy Development. I am looking to expand my knowledge on truth and reconciliation by reading literature written by Indigenous authors. My goal is to continue to advocate for policies that are inline with the recommendations of those most impacted. Thank you for the invitation to read, learn and share.

JenniferVardy 5 months ago

Hi, I'm Leanne. I am very excited to find a book club in Fort McMurray and I can't wait to start this book.

LMCurry 5 months ago

Hi there! I'm Isela. I just started Strangers today. So fat very engaging story line.

Dogbe 5 months ago

Looking forward to this new book!

cristinav 5 months ago
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