Equity & Diversity Book Club

Join passionate members of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable and librarians from the public libraries in Halton Region in exploring diverse titles that dig deeper into equity, diversity and inclusion.

Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose | Tue Sep 21, 6.30-8.30pm |  (register through Oakville Public Library)

Trailblazer. Residential school Survivor. First Treaty Indigenous player in the NHL. All of these descriptions are true--but none of them tell the whole story.

Fred Sasakamoose, torn from his home at the age of seven, endured the horrors of residential school for a decade before becoming one of 120 players in the most elite hockey league in the world. He has been heralded as the first Indigenous player with Treaty status in the NHL. After twelve games, he returned home. When people tell Sasakamoose's story, this is usually where they end it, but Sasakamoose's story was far from over once his NHL days concluded. He continued to play for another decade in leagues around Western Canada. He became a band councillor, served as Chief, and established athletic programs for kids. He paved a way for youth to find solace and meaning in sports for generations to come. Yet, threaded through these impressive accomplishments were periods of heartbreak and unimaginable tragedy--as well moments of passion and great joy.

This isn't just a hockey story; Sasakamoose's groundbreaking memoir sheds piercing light on Canadian history and Indigenous politics, and follows this extraordinary man's journey to reclaim pride in an identity and a heritage that had previously been used against him.

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall | Tue Oct 19, 6.30-8.30pm (register through Oakville Public Library)

Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women.

In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult | Tue Nov 16, 6.30-8.30pm (register through Oakville Public Library)

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

BORROW Call Me Indian

REGISTER to attend through OPL (Sep 21)

BORROW Hood Feminism

REGISTER to attend through OPL (Oct 19)

BORROW Small Great Things

REGISTER to attend through OPL (Nov 16)

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