Turtle Island Reads
Celebrating Indigenous Stories & Authors
Highlighting stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians, Turtle Island Reads is a live public event taking place on September 21, 2016, 7 p.m. at Kahnawake Survival School (KSS) in Kahnawake. Admission is free.
The event, broadcast on cbc.ca/montreal and Facebook Live, is a collaboration with community leaders in Kahnawake, CBC Montreal, the Quebec Writers' Federation and McGill University's Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas. Hosted by CBC’s Sonali Karnick and Waubgeshig Rice, Turtle Island reads takes its inspiration from CBC’s Canada Reads, sharing that program’s goals of discussing and celebrating books.
During the event, three advocates will discuss books written by Indigenous Canadian authors:
- Gage Diabo, musician, actor, and local Kahnawake radio co-host will discuss The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King (HarperCollins);
- Elma Moses, Concordia University faculty member in First Peoples Studies and storyteller will discuss Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont (Thistledown Press).
- Heather White, high-school teacher in Kahnawake and actress in the APTN show Mohawk Girls will discuss Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (Douglas & McIntyre)
IPLAI is organizing a bus to transport people from the McGill campus to KSS. If you would like to reserve a seat on the bus, please click here.
The bus will be at McGill University’s Milton gates (corner of Milton and University in Montreal) at 6pm (18h00), and will leave at 6:15pm sharp (18h15). Please make sure to register and to be at the gates during this window to ensure you have a seat on the bus!
Accessibility information: Kahnawake Survival School is wheelchair-accessible. The bus is not.
- McGill University’s Indigenous Awareness Week (September 19-23) includes film screenings, panel discussions and creative arts workshops. Designed to increase awareness at McGill about Indigenous Nations, the week honours the many Indigenous cultures across the country, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
- The Quebec Writers’ Federation is offering a ten-week Writers in the Community project for students at the Kahnawake Survival School and an oral storytelling workshop entitled “Eeyou/Cree Storytelling: Tell Your Sacred Story,” led by Elma Moses, on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Members of the public can register for the storytelling workshop through qwf.org.
To submit your RSVP, visit the Turtle Island Reads event page on Facebook.
Read about Turtle Island Reads on the CBC Montreal website:
Turtle Island Reads: Gage Diabo champions Thomas King's Back of the Turtle
CBC Montreal Special Event: Turtle Island Reads