Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for

Toronto-St. Paul’s

Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for

Toronto-St. Paul’s


Learning how to be a better ally

Thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with the Amnesty International Toronto Group 142 at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto on the weekend!

So many great questions from an engaged group on how we can all be better allies to Indigenous peoples as we continue on Canada’s journey towards reconciliation.

Below we have shared a list of fantastic stories with an Indigenous author or subject. I encourage all Canadians to read these books so we can begin to learn what we should have been taught in school.

Indigenous Reads: Book Club Lists 

CBC Canada150 List

  • “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese
  • “Firewater” by Harold R. Johnson
  • “The Inconvenient Indian” by Thomas King
  • “The Disappeared” by Kim Echlin
  • “River Thieves” by Michael Crummey
  • “The Right to Be Cold” by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
  • “Medicine Walk” by Richard Wagamese
  • “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” by Tomson Highway
  • “Essex County” by Jeff Lemire
  • “Calling Down the Sky” by Rosanna Deerchild
  • “Celia’s Song” by Lee Maracle
  • “Birdie” by Tracey Lindberg
  • “Half-Breed” by Maria Campbell
  • “North End Love Songs” by Katherena Vermette
  • “Islands of Decolonial Love” by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  • “Take Us to Your Chief” by Drew Hayden Taylor
  • “The Reason You Walk” by Wab Kinew
  • #IndianLovePoems” by Tenille Campbell
  • “Monkey Beach” by Eden Robinson
  • “The Break” by Katherena Vermette
  • “Lightfinder” by Aaron Paquette
  • “Slash” by Jeannette Armstrong
  • “We’re All In This Together” by Amy Jones
  • “The Shoe Boy” by Duncan McCue
  • “The Orenda” by Joseph Boyden
  • “Secret Path” by Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire
  • “Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water” by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou
  • “We Sang You Home” by David Alexander Robertson
  • “A Cure for Death Lightning” by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • “Fatty Legs” by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
  • “I Am Not a Number” by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
  • “Kiss of the Fur Queen” by Tomson Highway

#IndigenousReads | 2016 Recommendations

  • “Traplines” by Eden Robinson
  • “April Raintree” by Beatrice Culleton
  • “They Called Me Number One” by Bev Sellars
  • “That Tongued Belonging” by Marilyn Dumont
  • “The Reason You Walk” by Wab Kinew
  • “Birdie” by Tracey Lindberg
  • “The Right to Be Cold” by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
  • “Up Ghost River” by Edmund Metatawabin
  • “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese
  • “The Orenda” by Joseph Boyden
  • “The Inconvenient Indian” by Thomas King
  • “Monkey Beach” by Eden Robinson
  • “Celia’s Song” by Lee Maracle

#IndigenousReads | 2017 Recommendations

  • “Nokum is My Teacher” by David Bouchard Illustrated by Allen Sapp
  • “The Reason You Walk” by Wab Kinew
  • “Witness, I Am” by Gregory Scofield
  • “Sanaaq” by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (translated by Bernard Saladin D’Anglure)
  • “Stolen Words” by Melanie Florence
  • “Blackflies!” by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Jay Odjick
  • “A Haida Manga” by Micheal Nicoll Yahgulanaas
  • “I am not a Number” by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
  • “The Break” by Katherena Vermette
  • “A Really Good Brown Girl” by Marilyn Dumont
  • “Ava and the Little Folk” by Neil Christopher and Alan Neal
  • “The Beothuk Saga” by Bernard Assiniwi
  • “Imagine Mercy: Canadian Aboriginal Voices” by David Groulx
  • “A Short History Of Indians In Canada” by Thomas King
  • “Badger” by Daniel Heath Justice
  • “Creating Space: My Life and Work in Indigenous Education” by Verna J. Kirkness
  • “The Beet Queen” by Louise Erdrich
  • “The Ghost and Lone Warrior” by C.J. Taylor
  • “Medicine Walk” by Richard Wagamese
  • “Monkey Beach” by Eden Robinson
  • “Bâtons à message Tshissinuatshitakana” by Joséphine Bacon
  • “Motorcycles and Sweetgrass” by Drew Hayden Taylor


  • “Lightfinder” by Aaron Paquette
  • “Alex Janvier” by Greg Hill, Chris Dueker, Lee-Ann Martin
  • “À la recherche du bout du monde” by Michel Noël
  • “Kuessipan” by Naomi Fontaine
  • “Grey Eyes” by Frank Christopher Busch
  • “Nunavik” by Michel Hellman
  • “Secret Path” by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire
  • “Missing Nimama” by Melanie Florence
  • “Alec’s Journey” by J.C. Wesley
  • “Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox” by Danielle Daniel
  • “As Long as the Rivers Flow” by James Bartleman
  • “Matisiwin” by Marie Christine Bernard
  • “Life Among the Qallunaat” by Mini Aodla Freeman
  • “Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters” by Prune Harris and Lillian Marshall
  • “Hiawatha and the Peacemaker” by Robbie Robertson
  • “The Inconvenient Indian” by Thomas King
  • “Moonshot: the Indigenous Comics Collection” by Hope Nicholson
  • “The Orenda – Dans le grand cercle du monde” by Joseph Boyden
  • “We Sang You Home” by Richard Van Camp
  • “Amun” (multiple authors)
  • “Righting Canada’s Wrongs” by Melanie Florence
  • “Pikiq” by Yayo
  • “Embers” by Richard Wagamese
  • “Wenjack” by Joseph Boyden
  • “Akilak’s Adventure” by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster

More to read!

  • “Memory Serves” by Lee Maracle
  • “Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion” by David Wolfman, Marlene Finn
  • “A Fair Country” by John Ralston Saul
  • “The Comeback” by John Ralston Saul
  • “Indigenous Healing” by Rupert Ross
  • “Indivisible – Indigenous Human Rights” edited by Joyce Green
  • “Truth about Stories” by Thomas King
  • “I am Woman” by Lee Maracle
  • “Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians” by Darrell Dexter
  • “Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issue in Canada” by Chelsea Vowel