Canada Reads

Jully Black on how dialogue can start the healing process

The Canada Reads 2018 panellist speaks on how the YA novel The Marrow Thieves kickstarts a conversation all Canadians should take part in.

Jully Black on how dialogue can start the healing process

6 years ago
Duration 1:46
Jully Black, Canada Reads 2018 panellist and defender of The Marrow Thieves, says she's honoured to be championing a book that inspires conversation about Indigenous issues in Canada.

For Day Three of Canada Reads 2018, the emotional levels were kicked up a notch. 

Singer Jully Black, who is defending The Marrow Thieves by Indigenous author Cherie Dimaline, describes her experience on Canada Reads panellist as an emotional one. It opened her eyes to the need for all Canadians to start a dialogue about past wrongs in order to heal and move on to the future. 

"I'm on Canada Reads and all the books are amazing, but this is real life. I remember being a youth who was seen and not heard. For me to be here — and to be able to represent a community who simply wants a conversation to happen — is a big deal for Canada. Sometimes, an apology is all we need to start the forgiveness process."