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Truth and Reconciliation Reading List

Libraries across the country are responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action. 

Readers can also play a vital role by reading.

Start with our Truth and Reconciliation Reading List and then check out these titles at either of our branches. Click on any of the titles below to see them in our catalogue.

Tell us what you are reading on Twitter or Pinterest and use #Read4Reconciliation

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report

Adult Non-Fiction

Adult Fiction

Children and Teens

Adult Non-Fiction

A knock on the door: the essential history of residential schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada [Edited and abridged, foreword by Phil Fontaine] (2016) - 971.0049 KNO CDN

A national crime: the Canadian government and the residential school system, 1879-1986 by John S. Milloy (1999)  - 371.8299 MIL

Amongst God's own: the enduring legacy of St. Mary's Mission by Terry Glavin and former students of St. Mary's (2002) - 371.8299 GLA

Broken circle: the dark legacy of Indian residential schools, a memoir by Theodore Fontaine (2010) - 371.8299 FON

Final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Vol. 1, Summary: honouring the truth, reconciling for the future (2015) - 342.711 PEN CDN

The inconvenient Indian: a curious account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (2012) - 970.0049 KIN

Love and death in the valley: awakening to hidden histories and forgotten crimes on the west coast of Canada by Kevin Daniel Annett (2002) - 287.92 DAN CDN

No end of grief: Indian residential schools in Canada by Agnes Grant (1996) - 371.9797 GRA

One story, one song by Richard Wagamese (2015) -  897.333 WAG 

Project Eagle Feather (Video: 2006) - DVD 971.0049 PRO

The reason you walk by Wab Kinew (2015) - 971.2743 KIN 

Reconciliation: First Nations treaty making in British Columbia by Tony Penikett (2006) - 342.711 PEN

Speaking my truth: reflections on reconciliation and residential school selected by Shelagh Rogers, Mike DeGagne╠ü, Jonathan Dewar (2012) - 371.8299 SPE CDN

They called me number one: secrets and survival at an Indian residential school by Bev Sellars (2013) - 371.8299 SEL CDN

They came for the children: Canada, Aboriginal peoples, and residential schools (2012) - 371.8299 THE CDN

Victims of benevolence : the dark legacy of the Williams Lake residential school by Elizabeth Furniss (1995) - 371.8299 FUR

Adult Fiction

The back of the turtle: a novel by Thomas King (2014) - KIN

Black apple: a novel by Joan Crate (2016) - CRA

Keeper 'n me by Richard Wagamese (2006) - WAG

Kiss of the fur queen by Tomson Highway (1998) - HIG

Porcupines and china dolls: a novel by Robert Arthur Alexie (2002) - ALE

Children and Teens

Fatty legs: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (2010) - J 371.8299 JOR

Goodbye Buffalo Bay by Larry Loyie (2008) - J LOY

I am not a number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer (2016) - J 819.36

In search of April Raintree by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier (1999) - Y 813.54 MOS

My name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling (1992) - J S

No time to say goodbye: children's stories of Kuper Island Residential School by Sylvia Olsen, Rita Morris and Ann Sam (2001) - J OLS

Not my girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (2014) - JE 371.8299 JOR

Residential schools: with words and images of survivors by Larry Loyie, Wayne K. Spear and Constance Brissenden (2014) - Y 371.8299

Secret Path by Gord Downie, illustrated by Jeff Lemire (2016) - Y 971.0049 DOW GN

Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell (2005) - JE CAM

Shin Chi's canoe by Nicola I. Campbell (2008) - J CAM

Stolen words by Melanie Florence (2017) - JE FLO

A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (2011) - J 371.8299 JOR

These are my words: the residential school diary of Violet Pesheens by Ruby Slipperjack (2016) - J SLI

Truth and reconciliation by Simon Rose (2017) - J 371.8299 ROS

When I was eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2013) - JE 371.8299 JOR
Library Locations
Poirier Branch
575 Poirier Street
Coquitlam, BC
V3J 6A9

City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC
V3B 0Y1
604-554-READ (7323)