Selkirk Reads! 2024 Announces Short List

June 11, 2024
A stack of Selkirk Reads! books in the library

Selkirk Reads! invites you to read a book that highlights Indigenous voices and join a guided discussion about themes related to truth and reconciliation. This year’s short-listed books span fiction, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novels, memoirs and children's literature. 

Selkirk Reads! is loosely based on CBC Radio’s Canada Reads, in which five notable Canadians champion a book they feel every Canadian should read. In Selkirk Reads! book champions will form a circle of readers who will meet once to discuss their chosen book.

Join a Reading Circle

Employees, students and community members are all welcome to join. To take part in reading circle, choose a book and connect with its champion. Book champions will speak about their books at an event in September. Stay tuned for more details!

Selkirk Reads! 2024 Book List

  • Empty Spaces by Jordan Abel
  • The All + Flesh by Brandi Bird
  • White Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions edited by Amanda Gebhard, Sheelah McLean, Verna St. Denis 
  • Bad Cree by Jessica Johns
  • Never Whistle at Night edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.
  • The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  • Treaty # by Armand Garnet Ruffo
  • This Place: 150 Years Retold by various authors
  • All the Way: My Life on Ice by Jordin Tootoo
  • Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Each reader is responsible for getting their own book. Many of the books are available in the college library and/or local public libraries.

Thank you for taking this step to advance your learning. Together, we will deepen our collective understanding of our shared histories, Indigenous realities, and what it will take to eventually find justice, healing and reconciliation.

Learn more about Selkirk College's commitment to reconciliation.