Indigenous Women, Two Spirit, & Indigiqueer Writers to Read

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Jessica Johns

June 21st is Indigenous Peoples day, though, of course, we need to be uplifting and supporting Indigenous peoples all year round. Here's a reading list of some of our favourite Indigenous women, Two Spirit, and Indigiqueer writers. Buy their work (from your favourite local bookstore. Ours is Indigenous-owned Massy Books and Iron Dog Books in Vancouver) and bask in their brilliance!

Memoir and Nonfiction

As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada - Chelsea Vowel
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground - Alicia Elliott
In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience - Helen Knott
Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot


Pre-order jaye simpson's book it was never going to be okay. (out October 2020)
Nîtisânak - Lindsay Nixon
Disintegrate/Dissociate - Arielle Twist
Fresh Pack of Smokes - Cassandra Blanchard
On/Me - Francine Cunningham
You Are Enough: Love Poems for the End of the World - Smokii Sumac
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent - Liz Howard
I Am Still Too Much - Brandi Bird
I Don't Want to Tell You - Molly Cross-Blanchard
Indian Love Poems - Tenille Campbell


The Break - Katherena Vermette
The Trickster Trilogy - Eden Robinson
Kamloopa - Kim Senklip Harvey
The Marrow Thieves - Cherie Dimaline
Jonny Appleseed - Joshua Whitehead
Bad Endings - Carleigh Baker

Jessica Johns is a Nehiyaw-English-Irish aunty and member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. She is the Managing Editor for Room Magazine and a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series. 

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