Aboriginal Peoples

Anyone living on reserve lands within the GVPL service area is eligible for full service at no charge. This applies to the following bands: Beecher Bay, Esquimalt, Songhees, Tsartlip (South Saanich Indian Reserve) and Tsawout (East Saanich Indian Reserve).

Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature First Prize

The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature recognizes outstanding literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.

2015 winners:

First prize: Skraelings by Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (Inhabit Media)

Second prize: Grey Eyes by Frank Christopher Busch (Roseway Publishing)

Third prize: Lightfinder by Aaron Paquette (Kegedonce Press)

2014 winners:

First prize: Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience by Monique Gray Smith (Sono Nis Press)

Second prize: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (Doubleday Canada)

Third prize: They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars (Talonbooks)

2013 winners:

First prize: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Second prize: As I Remember It by Tara Lee Morin

Third prize: As Long As the Rivers Flow by James Bartleman

First Nations Communities Read

First Nation Communities Read is an annual reading program that encourages family literacy, storytelling, and information sharing. The program highlights books written and/or illustrated by a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit creator; or that contains First Nation, Métis, or Inuit content.

The 2015-2016 selection: Peace Pipe Dreams by Darrell Dennis, published by Douglas & McIntyre

Aboriginal Authors in our Catalogue

Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan)
Louis Bird (Swampy Cree)
Joseph Boyden (Metis)
Maria Campbell (Metis)
George Clutesi (Tse-Shaht)
Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Metis)
Tomson Highway (Cree)
Rita Joe (Mi’kmaq)Basil Johnston (Anishinaabe)
Thomas King (Cherokee descent)
Lee Maracle (Salish/Cree)
Daniel David Moses (Delaware descent)
Beatrice Culleton Mosionier
Eden Robinson (Haisla)
Ruby Slipperjack (Anishinaabe)
Drew Hayden Taylor (Anishinaabe)
Richard Van Camp (Dogrib Dene)
Richard Wagamese (Anishinaabe)
Jordan Wheeler (Cree/Anishinaabe)
Gerry William (Spalumcheen)

 First Nations Language

FirstVoices – A group of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization.