We learned about who we were as First Nations children in Canada through traditional storytelling. Now, strong First Nations storytellers have turned to the written word in recent decades to share their experiences.The spoken word kept our culture alive, and the written word further bolsters it.
In my 17-year-old mind, nothing I am living through or reading in this moment connects. Disjointed words, phrases, and images of the places I have left and entered surface in my mind as I pour milk for the children, take notes in class, or wait, endlessly, for the bus to arrive. It will take years to understand how powerful these textual and lived journeys have been.
Canada, we want to know what you're reading. Well, not us, specifically, but a whole campaign that's aiming to get the country reading. With the launch of the National Book Campaign this week, people...