Celebrating Indigenous Voices on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

In Celebration, Nancy Cooper, from the Ontario Library Service, interviewed Joseph Kakwinokanasum, the winner of the 2023/24 First Nation Communities Read award for his debut novel, My Indian Summer.

Joseph Kakwinokanasum is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation.  Of Cree and Austrian descent, Joseph grew up in the Peace region of northern BC, one of seven children raised by a single mother. In 2022, he was selected by Darrel J. McLeod as one of the Writers Trust of Canada’s “Rising Stars.” He now lives and writes in BC’s Lower Mainland.

Kakwinokanasum’s work beautifully contributes to the celebration of Indigenous literature and storytelling.

Check out the recording on LearnHQ!

First Nation Communities Read celebrates the very best of Indigenous literature across Turtle Island. The program encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling as well as intergenerational knowledge transmission. FNCR also helps to increase awareness of the importance of First Nation, Métis and Inuit writing, illustration and publishing.

Learn more at https://fncr.ca/

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