"I was honored to give one of the keynote addresses at the 2013 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference. There, I met many New Zealand LIS professionals and got a glimpse of how they work. I also became intimately acquainted with the integration of Maori culture into New Zealander LIS professionals’ lives. The Maori are the original citizens of the two islands."
"Tomson Highway started with plays. His two most famous are The Rez Sisters and its sequel Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. Both plays were critical and box office successes, both won Dora Awards for Best New Play in 1986 and 1989, and both represented a huge break-through for native theatre artists in Canada. With these plays, Tomson Highway put native drama on the map of Canadian theatre, and earned himself the reputation as Canada's leading aboriginal playwright."
"To celebrate this heritage month, we’ve put together a selection of wonderful books starring Native American and Aboriginal to share with your children. Whether reading a great piece of historical fiction, a fascinating biography, or a story that features modern Native American girls in their day-to-day lives, they’ll love these stories. And who knows? You might just learn a thing or two yourself!"
By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Communications Specialist
"The provincial government has invested $45,000 to help First Nations Education Initiative Inc. develop an interactive web-based support system for First Nation students. The website, PSE Helper, was officially launched today. "
"Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, First Nation Communities Read has teamed up with the Periodical Marketers of Canada to launch a new literary award, which will run in conjunction with its existing programming."
La jeune poète innue Natasha Kanapé Fontaine a reçu en fin de semaine le Prix de la Société des écrivains francophones d'Amérique pour son premier recueil de poèmes, N'entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures (Mémoire d'encrier).
"The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is kick a leg out from under the blanket to see if the electric furnace in my house is still on," writes Richard Spence, who brings us a resident's perspective on housing in Attawapiskat, Ont.
"The $25,000 national award, formerly known as the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction, announced its rebranding earlier this week, along with a new $10,000 prize for an emerging writer to be selected by the winner."
Includes Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
"Overall, The Legend of Lightning & Thunder is a lovely retelling of a myth that reveals a great deal about Inuit culture’s emphasis on caring for everyone, regardless of status, and an enjoyable picturebook to read. "
Injunuity is a mix of animation, music, and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective. Every word spoken is verbatim, every thought and opinion is real, told in nine short pieces and covering such topics as language preservation, sacred sites, and the environment. But rather than simply revisit our history, the goal of Injunuity is to help define our future, to try and figure out the path that lies before us, to focus on where we are going as well as where we have been.
"The establishment of a public library within a First Nations community is one more way to make a difference on the Kainai First Nation.
The library is a huge stepping-stone that enables the community members to come together and support literacy, numeracy and the Blackfoot language within a healthy and positive environment, says library manager Linda Weasel Head."
"Le gouvernement provincial a investi 45 000 $ pour aider First Nations Education Initiative Inc. à élaborer un système de soutien interactif en ligne pour les étudiants des Premières Nations. Le site Web, PSE Helper, a été officiellement lancé aujourd'hui. "
"Louise Erdrich and Joy Harjo were among nearly half a dozen Native American winners of the 34th annual American Book Awards, awarded at the Miami International Book Festival on November 23. Presented by the Before Columbus Foundation, the awards honor diversity in American literature and highlight excellence and risk-taking in the publishing industry."
OTTAWA — The increased numbers of Aboriginals and visible minorities in federal prisons is evidence of covert racism, discrimination and cultural bias in Canada’s justice system, says Canada’s prison watchdog.