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.
Titles nominated for 2014:
The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy by Cherie Dimaline (Theytus Books)
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (Doubleday Canada)
They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars (Talonbooks)
Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience by Monique Gray Smith (Sono Nis Press)
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 2013-2014 selection: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, published by Douglas & McIntyre
Shortlisted titles this year:
Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor
Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont
A Stranger at Home: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson
Aboriginal Authors in our Catalogue
Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan)
Daniel David Moses (Delaware descent)
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.