Welcome!

Settlers’ Book Club meets every fourth Monday

Currently on Zoom, 7 – 8:30 pm! Please contact me for the link. When possible, our meetings will be at the Central Public Library

It is open to everyone (not only settlers!) and if you cannot attend, you can still participate through our comments page. You are still welcome to attend the discussion if you have not read or finished reading the texts too. Please also BYOS (bring your own snacks).

Please email if you have any questions or to confirm attendance at sbccalgary@gmail.com. Room capacity is 16, so please let me know if you are coming – thanks!

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region: the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani Nations), the Tsuu T’ina Nation, and the Nakoda (Wesley, Chiniki and Bearspaw Nations). Southern Alberta is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Land acknowledgement video from the Calgary Foundation: https://calgaryfoundation.org/vital-priorities/strengthening-relationships-with-indigenous-communities/land-acknowledgement/

Reading List 2020

(is flexible and subject to change) (* means available at Calgary Public Library)

January 27 – The Reconciliation Manifesto by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson*

February 24My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle*

March 23 – postponed due to physical distancing

April 27 – A Fair Country by John Ralston Saul* – meeting online

May 25 – A Fair Country by John Ralston Saul* part 2 – meeting online

June 22Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality by Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph*

July 27 – White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo*

August 24The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole*

September 28 – Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel*

October 26 Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad*

November 23Pourin’ Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West by Cheryl Foggo*

December 28 – break

Reading List 2021

January 25The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier*

February 22 In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation by Danielle Metcalf-Chenail*

March 22How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi*

April 26A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliot*

May 24Blackfoot Ways of Knowing by Betty Bastien*

Past reading list – 2019

First meeting on April 22 – Intro to book club with these short texts: Indigenous Allyship: An Overview from Wilfred Laurier University (pdf); From Ally to Accomplice by Johnathan Osler ; White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (pdf); We Built a Life from Nothing: White Settler Colonialism and the Myth of Meritocracy by Sheelagh McLean – see below for links

May 27 Settler, Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada by Emma Battell Lowman and Adam J. Barker*; Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2

June 24Settler, Chapters 3 and 4

July 22Settler, Chapters 5 and 6

August 26 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (pdf); Myth and Misrepresentations about UNDRIP and Bill C-262 by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples (pdf)

September 23A Summary of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (pdf); White Goose Flying Report – City of Calgary’s Calls to Action (pdf)

October 28 – The Story of the Blackfoot People Niitsitapiisinni by the Blackfoot Gallery Committee, Glenbow Museum* and the Piikani Blackfoot Teaching pdf by Dr. Reg Crowshoe and Geoff Crow Eagle

November 25 – The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 by the Treaty 7 Elders and Tribal Council*

December 23 – no meeting

*books available at the Calgary Public Library ** location subject to change based on room availability

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