Canada Reads 2016

Bruce Poon Tip to give 10,000 copies of Birdie to Canadian high schools

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Canada Reads panellist Bruce Poon Tip wants to put 10,000 copies of the book he championed in this year's battle of the books - Birdie by Tracey Lindberg - into the hands of Canadian high school students.

On Day Four of the competition, the adventure traveller and founder of G Adventures, the largest adventure travel company in the world, announced the 10,000 Birdies initiative.

"I was so taken with Birdie - both as a piece of fiction and for what it means for Canada - that I couldn't let it go away. This book is a part of my life now; a powerful, transformative piece of literature that encourages all Canadians to take part in a national conversation we've put off for far too long," says Poon Tip.

Birdie is the story of a Cree woman named Bernice Meetoos, or "Birdie," who carries the burden of a traumatic childhood into adulthood and must discover a pathway to peace. Throughout the Canada Reads debates, Poon Tip has argued that Birdie gives voice to indigenous women in Canada and can help facilitate reconciliation between Canada and First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit communities.

Starting immediately and while quantities last, Canadian high school teachers and administrators can apply to receive copies of Birdie for their school at the 10,000 Birdies website. Applicants must explain why their school should receive copies of the book.

"My generation has taken a small step towards reconciliation with Canada's First Nations peoples. The next generation will make the giant leap. Putting Birdie into Canadian high schools will, I fervently believe, allow us all to listen, speak, understand, and come together," adds Poon Tip.









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