Canada Reads 2016

Bruce Poon Tip and Tracey Lindberg visit Kelly Lake Cree Nation

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Canada Reads author Tracey Lindberg took the defender of her novel Birdie, Bruce Poon Tip, to visit her community at Kelly Lake Cree Nation.

"Birdie itself is about home," said Tracey. "I'm from Kelly Lake ancestrally. My ancestors are here, our bones are here, our blood runs here. It's important that Bruce knows the connectivity between the land that people come from and the stories that they take with them."

Tracey and Bruce were accompanied by filmmaker Jeremy Ratzlaff, who captured their three-hour helicopter ride over the vast terrain in northern Alberta and B.C. and a meeting with the community elders.

Bruce said he hoped the trip would help him gain a greater understanding of Bernice Metoos, the main character of Birdie.

"My main motivation is to get a blessing from the elders," said Bruce. "I think it's very important to connect with the community."

Watch the video above to see more of their trip.

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