Settlers’ Book Club meets every fourth Monday
at the Central Library, Calgary** from 6 – 7:30 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 2019 – 20
(is flexible and subject to change)
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 24 – Settler, Chapters 3 and 4
July 22 – Settler, 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 23 – A 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
January 27 – The Reconciliation Manifesto by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson*
February 24 – Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel*
March 23 – A Fair Country by John Ralston Saul*
April 27 – My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle*
May 25 – In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation by Danielle Metcalf-Chenail*
*books available at the Calgary Public Library ** location subject to change based on room availability
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