Turtle Island Reads


Highlighting stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians, Turtle Island Reads is a live public event taking place on September 21, 2016, 7pm at Kahnawake Survival School in Kahnawake.

The event, broadcast on cbc.ca/montreal and Facebook Live, is a collaboration with community leaders in Kahnawake, CBC Montreal, the Quebec Writers’ Federation, McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, and First People’s House. The event is piggybacking on Indigenous Awareness Week McGill, organized by SEDE.

Turtle Island Reads takes its inspiration from CBC’s Canada Reads, sharing that program’s goals of discussing and celebrating books. Our event aims first and foremost to connect readers with Indigenous stories.

During the event, three advocates will each discuss one book of fiction written by an Indigenous Canadian author:

  • 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)

book plate TIR

A copy of each of these books will be donated by McGill’s Faculty of Arts and IPLAI to the libraries of all English and Aboriginal high schools in Quebec. See our commemorative bookplate with artwork by Katey Wattam






IPLAI is organizing a bus to transport people from McGill campus to KSS. If you would like to reserve a seat on the bus, please click here.

The Bus will be at Milton gates at 5:45pm (17h450), and will leave at 6:00pm sharp (18h00). Please make sure to be at the gates during this window so that you do not miss the bus!

milton gates Milton gates, corner of Rue Milton and University

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