Indigenous Canadian poet Marie “Annharte” Baker and American graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will each receive one of two new awards at this year’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.
Annharte will be presented with the First Peoples Literary Prize for excellent Canadian First Nations writing for her collection Indigena Awry. Yang will receive the Words to Change Prize for a writer who brings communities together.
#It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: The books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves.
#1 on ALA's 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
Indigenous people perpetuating stereotypes are just as bad as non-indigenous people who do it. It’s one thing for non-indigenous people to don headgear without knowing the context, history or sacred aspect of the headdress. It’s another for one of our own to do it.
The RCMP is preparing to release another report on Canada’s murdered and missing aboriginal women – a surprise to the indigenous groups that have been lobbying the federal government to hold a public inquiry to discern the causes of the tragedy.
Radio-Canada a appris que le réseau des bibliothèques de Winnipeg a pris la décision de retirer la bande dessinée Tintin en Amérique en raison de la manière « stéréotypée et raciste » dont sont dépeints les Autochtones dans le livre.
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