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Quiet Book Club

A no-pressure Book Club! A joint initiative between the Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Library.

Red Deer Polytechnic recognizes that our campus is situated on Treaty 7 land, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda peoples, and that the central Alberta region we serve falls under Treaty 6, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux territory.

We honour the First Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, and we give thanks for the land where Red Deer Polytechnic sits. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Indigenous Book Club Month

June is National Indigenous History Month.

June is also Indigenous Book Club Month!

This initiative was launched in 2016 by previous Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, who encouraged the reading of books by Indigenous authors "to provide an opportunity to learn and ‎begin those difficult conversations about the stories, history and cultures which we never learned about in school.‎" (via CICON)

The Quiet Book Club marked the first year of the Indigenous Book Club Month by featuring The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King.

Indigenous Fiction

Firekeeper's Daughter book cover

Firekeeper's Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

Borders book cover


by Thomas King with illustration by Natasha Donovan

Empire of Wild book cover

Empire of Wild

by Cherie Dimaline

Strangers book cover


by David A. Robertson

Jonny Appleseed book cover

Jonny Appleseed: A Novel

by Joshua Whitehead

Indigenous Picture Books

Treaty Words book cover

Treaty Words: For As Long As The Rivers Flow

by Aimée Craft with illustrations by Luke Swinson

We Are Water Protectors book cover

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom with illustrations by Michaela Goade

Go Show the Worlde book covers

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

by Wab Kinew with pictures by Joe Morse

I Sang You Down from the Stars book cover

I Sang You Down from the Stars

by Tasha Spillett-Sumner with illustrations by Michaela Goade

On The Trapline book cover

On the Trapline

by David A. Robertson with illustrations by Julie Flett

Indigenous Non-Fiction

Previous Indigenous Book Club Selections

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

“Most of us think history is the past. It’s Not. History is the stories we tell about the past.” - Thomas King

In Search of April Raintree

In Search of April Raintree

"'Oh, I’ve read about Indians. Beautiful people they are. But you’re not exactly Indians, are you? What’s the proper word for people like you?' one asked." - Beatrice Culleton Mosionier

The Reason You Walk

The Reason You Walk

“To be hurt, yet forgive. To do wrong, but forgive yourself. To depart from this world leaving only love. This is the reason you walk.” - Wab Kinew

Call Me Indian: From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL’s First Treaty Indigenous Player

"Don’t call me that,” I said. “Call me Indian. That’s the name white people gave us hundreds of years ago. You might as well keep using it.” - Fred Sasakamoose

Previous Book Talk Event

To honour Indigenous Book Club Month, the Library partnered with the Centre for Teaching and Learning's Quiet Book Club and held our first Book Talk event to highlight Indigenous authors.

Panelists presented a variety of must-read Indigenous titles:

And these titles were suggested by Book Talk attendees:

These books are available at RDP Library. Add them to your summer reading list and check them out!


Book Club Event