First Nation Communities READ Announces Shortlisted Children’s and Young Adult/Adult Titles for the 2022-2023 PMC Indigenous Literature Award

TORONTO, October 3, 2022 /CNW/ – First Nation Communities READ 2022-2023 announces the selected titles in the Children’s and Young Adult/Adult categories. Chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from all over Ontario, these titles represent the best of Indigenous literature. Selected titles will be recognized online during First Nations Public Libraries Week on October 7 at 11 a.m. EST.

Little bear in foster care (CNW Group/Periodical Marketers of Canada)

Sponsored by the Periodical Marketers of CanadaPMC Indigenous Literature Award comes with a cash prize for each author. Congratulations to this year’s winners.

Titles selected in the youth category

We Dream Medicine Dreams by Lise Boivin
Published by Highwater Press
Little Bear in Host family by SP Joseph Lyons
Published by the Native Educational Press

This year, for the first time, the jury selected two titles for the First Nation Communities READ program. The jury felt that each of the books was an excellent example of the goals and vision that drive the FNCR program.

Lise Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation and author/artist of two books, We dream medicine dreams and I will see you again. She is an interdisciplinary artist and doctoral candidate at the Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University University of Toronto Medical School.

We dream medicine dreams

When a little girl dreams of a bear, her grandfather explains how we connect to the knowledge of our ancestors through dreams. Bear, Hawk, Caribou and Wolf all have lessons to share to help us live a good life. But when Grandpa falls ill and falls into a coma, the little girl must rely on his teachings to learn how to say goodbye.

PS Joseph Lyons is an Algonquin Anishinaabe children’s author. He writes fantasy, science fiction and romance. He is a speaker and advocate for Aboriginal education.

Little Bear in Host family

Lyons’ book connects children to a range of emotions, encourages them to find their voice and lets them know they are not alone or to blame. Through Little bear in foster carePS Joseph Lyons helps young children process their feelings and experiences. The richness of Indigenous cultures and emotions come to life in this story of healing and resilience.

Title selected in the young adult/adult category

Indigenomics: Taking a seat at the economic table by Carol Anne Hilton
Published by New Society Publishers

Carol Anne Hilton is of Nuu chah nullh ancestry of the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island. With a long career in business, Carol Anne is recognized for its contributions to business and the economy, particularly to the creation of value in Indigenous economies.


It’s time. It is time to increase the visibility, role and responsibility of the emerging modern indigenous economy and the people involved. This is the basis of economic reconciliation. This is indigenomics. indigenomics sets out the principles of the emerging Indigenous economy, built around relationships, multi-generational resource management and caring for all.

Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award

The Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award is inspired by the goals of the READ First Nations community program. It will offer each of the authors of the 2021-2022 First Nation Communities READ title selections a cash prize. This is the ninth year that periodical marketers Canada presented The PMC Award for Indigenous Literature.

First Nations Communities READ program Is the contribution of Ontario’s First Nations public library community to the popular reading movement. Launched in 2003, the FNCR encourages family literacy and the intergenerational transmission of knowledge. The program also promotes the publication, sharing and understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices and experiences.

Ontario Library Service (OLS) is mandated to deliver programs and services on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport by:

  • increase cooperation and coordination between public library boards and other information providers to promote the provision of library services to the public;

  • assist public library boards by providing services and programs that reflect their needs, including consultation, training and development.

Distributors of periodicals Canada is the national association of magazine and book wholesalers serving thousands of newsstands across Canada. Founded in 1942, PMC’s ongoing activities include funding a non-profit charitable foundation, the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, which makes contributions to individuals and organizations committed to encouraging literacy and reading in Canada. For more information on the periodical distributors of CanadaContact:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for this project.

We Dream Medicine Dreams (CNW Group/Periodical Marketers of Canada)

We Dream Medicine Dreams (CNW Group/Periodical Marketers of Canada)

Indigenomics: Taking a Seat at the Economic Table (CNW Group/Periodical Marketers of Canada)

Indigenomics: Taking a Seat at the Economic Table (CNW Group/Periodical Marketers of Canada)

SOURCE Periodic Marketers from Canada



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