Indigenous Programming

Smokii Sumac Poetry Reading 

Brodie Fireside Reading Room - Wednesday, October 9th at 7pm

Join us for an evening with Smokii Sumac, as well as various local poets.

Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation. He is a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where his research centres on "coming home" stories from a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit perspective. Sumac will read from his collection you are enough: love poems for the end of the world alongside local guests.
Smokii’s work has been published in Write Magazine, and under his former name (he is a man of many names) in Canadian Literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi and on coffee sleeves as one of the winners of Peterborough's e-city lit’s artsweek contest in 2014. He currently shares his time between Nogojiwanong (Peterborough), and Ithaca, NY. He is also the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award recipient for Published Poetry in English.
rival_septalogo_black-background This event is made possible by RiVAL - the ReImagining Value Action Lab http://rival.lakeheadu.ca/ 

NDN Book Club

Brodie Study Room - Wednesdays @ 6 pm

Join us for a book club focused in Indigenous authors. This book club is exclusively for those who identify as Indigenous. This will help create an environment that is safe for Indigenous people to discuss Indigenous literature without self-censoring. Pre-register by emailing Sam at smartin-bird@tbpl.ca Space is limited.

October 30 - Nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon

Nîtisânak is Nixon's memoir of kinship, loss, and queer love. The cyclical storytelling draws upon ancestral teachings and explores both despair and healing through community and family.

November 27 - Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Moccasin Square Gardens is a collection of humourous short stories whose characters inhabit Denendah, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. Capturing the characters and textures of small-town life, Van Camp uses oral storytelling techniques to interweave pop-culture, monsters of legend, medicine power and more.

December 18 - Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow is a post-apocalyptic novel that follows a small northern Anishinaabe community through darkness, isolation and societal collapse. Negotiating unwanted fleeing visitors from the south, the community must rely on traditional knowledge and beliefs to restore order.


Storytelling Circle

Brodie Story Hour Room @ 6 pm

Tuesday, November 12

Tuesday, December 17

The circle provides a safe space for Indigenous peoples to learn the stories and teachings of their culture. Sharing and storytelling circles are essential to ensuring that Indigenous cultural values and traditions continue to be passed down from generation to generation. Circles bring people together while connecting us all on a deeper and spiritual level.

Circles open with a smudge and prayer

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