In recognition of Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), UTSC librarians and staff have compiled a list of books and resources that celebrate Indigenous voices, educate on Indigenous history in Canada, and provide resources for standing in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
This year's Indigenous History Month is especially marked with grief as we mourn with the peoples of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island in light of news that the remains of 215 children have been discovered in an unmarked burial site at the former Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C.
Settlers and non-Indigenous people must continue to educate themselves on the historical and living impact of the cultural genocide in Canada. The UTSC Library remains committed to fostering spaces of collaboration, sharing, and respect while providing research support and connections to Indigenous resources and knowledge.
As U of T President Gertler recently stated, if you are an Indigenous member of the U of T community and “need help at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out and access the supports available to you through the University, through Indigenous student services, My SSP or the Employee and Family Assistance Program.”
This Indigenous History Month resources and reading shortlist is mainly compiled from materials shared during the annual U of T Indigenous Book Club. This list is ongoing, and recommendations are welcome via email. Community recommendations will be marked with an asterisk*.
Visit the Indigenous Book Club resource guide to discover more multi-media resources and works created by Indigenous authors and artists. The Indigenous Book Club will return this fall.
10 book highlights from the Indigenous Book Club
1. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
2. Think Indian: Languages are Beyond Price by Basil Johnston
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3. Will I See by David Robertson; G. M. B. Chomichuk (Illustrator)
4. Dead White Writer on the Floor by Drew Hayden Taylor
5. The journey forward: a novella on reconciliation by Richard Van Camp and Monique Gray Smith
6. Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
7. Starlight by Richard Wagamese
8. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
9. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
10. This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm; Sonny Assu; Brandon Mitchell; Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley; Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley; David A. Robertson; Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; Jen Storm; Richard Van Camp; Katherena Vermette; Chelsea Vowel; Tara Audibert (Illustrator); Kyle Charles (Illustrator); G. M. B. Chomichuk (Illustrator); Natasha Donovan (Illustrator); Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator); Andrew Lodwick (Illustrator); Scott A. Ford (Illustrator); Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator); Alicia Elliott (Foreword by); Ryan Howe (Illustrator)
This Place, Neyaashiinigmiing weaves a set of narratives about genetically modified fish, nuclear power and private hunting islands, against the backdrop of the Bruce Peninsula’s unforgettable landscape. In an immersive installation of video, sound and drawings, the work examines the ongoing court case between the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and the Canadian Government contemplating how exploitative threads from Canada's colonial history continue today and have deep environmental and social impacts.
Podcasts & Radio
Guides for further research
Visit the U of T Indigenous Book Club guide’s Activism Opportunities page to learn more.
U of T Resources
For all students, staff and faculty:
Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (located on the St. George Campus)
Health and Wellness Centre (St. George Campus)
Health and Wellness Centre (UTSC)
For staff and faculty:
Employee and Family Assistance Program (support available 24/7/365)
Previous reading lists