Chapters & Chat Meeting #10: Wenjack by Joseph Boyden

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Forest Lawn Library - Basement room 4807-8th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Posted by Aboriginal Pride with 12CSI.

Welcome to Treaty 7 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

Chapters & Chat Book Club Meeting #10
Book: Wenjack by Joseph Boyden

Date: Mar. 13th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Forest Lawn Library - basement room
4807-8th Ave SE

About this book: Fiction

An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School, not realizing just how far away home is. Along the way he's followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from.

Written by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden and beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Kent Monkman, Wenjack is a powerful and poignant look into the world of a residential school runaway trying to find his way home.

We will also discuss cultural appropriation. This is a good read to get the conversation going:

This book has become a pivotal moment in Canada with the Tragically Hip's frontman, Gord Downie, being inspired by Ian Adams article "The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack" for Maclean's magazine in 1967

Three things to note, a change to the basement room, our previous meetings started at 6pm but will now start at 6:30 and there will be tea/coffee and snacks! Hope to see you soon! (Next month's book, NHL's Jordin Tootoo!)

Aboriginal Pride of 12 Community Safety Initiative announced a new Chapters & Chat Book Club meeting since the launch of our Club on June 21, 2016 as part of the Government of Canada's #IndigenousReads launch for Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

If you can not come but would like to be part of the club, feel free to post here in this Facebook event as you go through the books! We are about building up community, increasing Indigenous pride, creating safer spaces and reducing barriers.

Mahsi cho,

Michelle Robinson
Aboriginal Liaison for 12 Community Safety Initiative
403-467-0856 cell/text

Mission: 12 Community Safety Initiative (12CSI) is a local crime prevention collaborative that will foster community action on the issue of crime prevention by providing support, facilitation and advocacy, thereby creating safer neighbourhoods for all who live, work and volunteer in the twelve communities of Abbeydale, Applewood, Penbrooke Meadows (Red Carpet), Marlborough Park, Marlborough, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Erinwoods, Dover, Radisson Heights/Mayland Park, Southview and Crossroads

Values: 12CSI, through the Planning Council, its Action Committees or its Task Teams, believes …

•Community members have the right to feel safe in their community,

•Every member of our diverse community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect

•A community working together is essential for crime prevention

Past events:
If you missed our first meeting June 21, with John Reilly as a guest speaker!

July 18 at the Library, discussing the book Bad Medicine by John Reilly. Past meeting:

Aug. 15th, meeting #3, we discussed the John Reilly book Bad Judgement. Past meeting:

Sept. 19th, meeting #4, we discussed Children of the Broken Treaty by Charlie Angus. Past meeting:

Oct. 17th, meeting #5, we discussed Urban Tribes by Lisa Charleyboy
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Nov. 21st, meeting #6, we discussed Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
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Dec. 19, meeting #7, we discussed Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
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Jan. 16th, meeting #8, we discussed The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson, art by Kelly Mellings
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Feb. 13th, meeting #9, we discussed My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell by Arthur Bear Chief. This book is downloadable for free:
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