Vaughan Memorial Library

Acadia Reads

The Acadia Reads initiative encourages the Acadia community to share their love of books by reading Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian and participating in programming surrounding the book.

Programming & Events

How did we decide whose story to tell? The Campus Community voted for the book that Acadia Reads from a shortlist. The closing date for voting was April 20th, 2018 at midnight.

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Programming & Events

Multi-disciplinary Panel & Discussion
January 22nd, 6:30 pm @ David Huestis Innovation Pavilion Classroom (INN 173)

Discover how The Inconvenient Indian stimulates a variety of perspectives and responses through the lens of each panelist's experience and knowledge.

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Reading Into It? Facilitated Discussion
February 27th, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ Quiet Reading Room of the Vaughan Memorial Library

Perhaps you’ve already dipped into Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian? Perhaps you’re seeking inspiration to read the book? Join us to talk about, listen, or reflect upon Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian.

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Author Presentation: Elder Dr. Daniel N. Paul
March 6th, 7:00pm @ K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Join Elder Dr. Daniel N. Paul for a public lecture and book signing. Dr. Paul is a Mi’kmaq Elder, author and human rights activist. His many contributions include We Were Not The Savages and Chief Lightning Bolt. Among his many awards, Dr. Paul is the recipient of the Order of Canada (2005) and the Order of Nova Scotia (2002).

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Movie Screening of Indian Horse
April 15th, 11:30am – 1:00 pm @ Quiet Reading Room of the Vaughan Memorial Library

An important film on the history of Canada’s Residential Schools, hockey, and the indomitable spirit of Saul Indian Horse. This film is an adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse.

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Contest Winner

2018 student draw winner Community Development graduate student, Chaiti Seth was the winner of an Amazon gift card and a book of her choice from the 2018 shortlist. Chaiti selected Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Acadia Reads chairperson, Ann Smith presented Chaiti with her draw prizes May 3, 2018.

Selection Committee

  • Jeff Hooper – Dean of Pure and Applied Sciences, Interim
  • Donna Hurlburt – Aboriginal Advisor, Acadia University
  • Abu Kamara – Coordinator Accessible Learning Services
  • Maggie Nielsen – Librarian in Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • Samantha Nixon – ASU Vice-President Academic 2017-18
  • Anthony Pash – Librarian in Professional Studies and Faculty of Theology
  • Danielle Pierce – Instructional Designer, Learning Technologies & Instructional Design
  • Ann Smith (Chair) – Librarian in Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • Britanie Wentzell – Librarian in Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Professional Studies

The Shortlist