Congratulations to Carol Daniels, whose debut novel, Bearskin Diary, has been selected for the First Nation Communities READ program for 2017-2018. Bearskin Diary is also the recipient of the Aboriginal Literature Award, which recognizes the work of creators of outstanding Aboriginal literature, and will be presented to Daniels as part of the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Toronto on June 28.
The First Nation Communities READ jury considered more than 50 submissions before choosing Bearskin Diary as this year’s title. The other finalists included Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence (Clockwise Press), Price Paid by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks), They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellers (Talonbooks) and How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (The Roadrunner Press).
Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced. Taken from the arms of her mother as soon as she was born, the novel’s protagonist, Sandy, was one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children scooped up by the federal government between the 1960s and 1980s. From this tragic period in her personal life and in Canadian history, Sandy does not emerge unscathed, but she emerges strong—finding her way by embracing the First Nations culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny.
Carol Daniels is a journalist who became Canada’s first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast when she joined CBC Newsworld in 1989. Her work has since earned several awards, including the 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Her poetry and short fiction have been included in several anthologies. Bearskin Diary is her first novel. Find out more at www.caroldaniels.ca.
Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from Southern Ontario Library Service, First Nation Communities READ promotes a community-based approach to reading, family literacy, and strives to increase awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing.