National Aboriginal Day 2014

Canada's First Nations observe the start of National Aboriginal Day on June 21st with a sunrise ceremony, one of the most ancient and revered rituals practiced today. (Ken Gigliotti/The Canadian Press)

June 21 marks National Aboriginal Day, an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate the many achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, and to acknowledge the many contributions they've made to this country. We've compiled a list of links to CBC Books multimedia content featuring indigenous literature, authors and artists.


aboriginal-reads-120.jpgAs part of a special event inspired by this year's Canada Reads, writers/broadcasters Wab Kinew, Waubgeshig Rice and Alan Neal got together with award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden to discuss the past, present and future of indigenous storytelling in Canada.

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Joseph Boyden's critically acclaimed novel, The Orenda, won Canada Reads 2014, after being defended by activist and hip-hop artist Wab Kinew. It's an epic story about war, spirituality and early contact between the First Nations and the French. 

Here are six things you need to know about The Orenda.

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Writers Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair talk to The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers about exciting, contemporary indigenous literature.

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In her book, They Called Me Number One, Bev Sellars, chief of the Soda Creek Nation in northern British Columbia, describes the great cruelty directed at the students who spent ten months each year at St. Joseph's Mission Residential School

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In his bookThe Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Thomas King shares the fruits of his extended reflection on native identity. It's part humour, part history, part analysis and part personal meditation

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Richard Wagamese reflects on how Indian Horse, a Canada Reads finalist in 2013, changed in the process of rewriting to become "a more Canadian story."

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Author, scholar and First Nations activist Leanne Simpson is the inaugural winner of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. In this Q&A, she discusses the significance of storytelling and what it was like receiving an award from Thomas King.

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