First Nation Communities Read

First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading campaign launched in 2003 by the First Nations public library community in Ontario. First Nation Communities Read celebrates literature that is written and/or illustrated by, or otherwise involves the participation of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit creator; contains First Nation, Métis, or Inuit content produced with the support of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit advisers/consultants or First Nation, Métis, or Inuit endorsement. Through its title selections, First Nation Communities Read encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing; promotes the publication, sharing and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit voices and experiences; increases awareness and sales of the titles it honours. The First Nation Communities Read program involves an annual call to publishers for submissions. A jury, composed of representatives from the Ontario First Nations public library community, reads, assesses, and discusses the submissions before selecting one title. The honoured book is announced early each year in the lead up to First Nations Public Library Week and is the focus of much of the Week’s celebrations. The First Nation Communities Read program also welcomes readings and programming throughout the year. Subject to the annual receipt of funding support, the First Nation Communities Read program provides for the purchase and distribution of copies of the selected title to First Nation public libraries in Ontario; design, printing, and distribution, to all public libraries in Ontario, of a poster promoting the selected title and other worthy nominations; printing of First Nation Communities Read book stickers; sponsorship of readings and signings at the annual Ontario Library Association Super Conference and during First Nations Public Library Week.


Administered By
Ontario First Nation Public Library Community



Contact Us
Nancy Cooper
First Nations Consultant
Southern Ontario Library Services


Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2003 Tomson Highway, Dragonfly Kites. Illustrated by Brian Deines. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2002.
2004 Andrea Spalding, Solomon’s Tree. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2002.
2005 Jan Bourdeau Waboose, SkySisters. Illustrated by Brian Deines. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
2006 Larry Loyie with Constance Brissenden, As Long as the Rivers Flow. Illustrated by Heather D. Holmlund. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2002.
2008 Leo Yerxa, Ancient Thunder. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2006.
2009 Sylvia Olsen with Ron Martin, Which Way Should I Go? Illustrated by Kasia Charko. Winlaw, BC: Sono Nis Press, 2007.
2010 David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk
2011 Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Fatty Legs: A True Story. Illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes. Toronto: Annick Press, 2010.
2012 Janet Wilson, Shannen and the Dream for a School. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2011.
2013 Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2012.
2014 Julie Flett, Wild Berries/Pakwa che Menisu. Vancouver: Simply Read Books, 2013.