The UVSS’s “Learning Allyship & Solidarity Book Club” is back! This book club is an opportunity to read and discuss books with fellow students.

This year there will be two groups: a BIPOC Session and an Open Session. Find our more below in our FAQ.

Our first meetings will take place in November:

  • BIPOC Session: Tuesday, November 16 – 6pm-7pm on Zoom
  • Open Session: Thursday, November 18 – 6pm-7pm on Zoom

The first book we’ll read is This Place: 150 Years Retold, a graphic novel authored by several Indigenous writers and creatives. It’s a beautifully illustrated book that contains themes of fantasy and time travel, set in a post-Apocalyptic setting since colonization in so-called Canada. 

We chose this book as the first book of the 2021/22 LAS Book Club to let our attendees read a non-academic, yet still incredibly educational, text, while also supporting Indigenous authors and creators.

Below is a synopsis (from this website):

“Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Watch for new stories and familiar characters:

    • Métis businesswoman Annie Bannatyne and Louis Riel
    • Oka Crisis, Meech Lake Accord, and Kelowna Accord
    • the Berger Inquiry into the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline
    • Jack Fiddler, an Anishinaabe shaman charged as a serial killer
    • Rosie, an Inuk girl coming of age during WWII
    • wâpanacâhkos, an Indigenous woman sent back from the future to the early 2000s
    • fishing raids and salmon wars in Listuguj, Quebec
    • Francis Pegahmagabow, WWI sniper and veterans’ rights activist
    • the impact of the Sixties Scoop and the child welfare system
    • Chief Billy Assu and the potlatch bans in British Columbia”

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Q at events@uvss.ca

Undergraduate and Graduate students at the University of Victoria are welcome to attend LAS Book Club. If you aren’t a current undergrad or grad student but are part of the UVic community, please let us know in the registration form or reach out to Q (events@uvss.ca). 

Register below, through this form!

Learning Allyship and Solidarity Book Club Registration

Are you a current UVic student?

Which group would you like to join?
Will cost be a barrier for you to be able to get the book(s) to participate in this book club?

The BIPOC Session meetings are for self-identified Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour. If you do not identify as BIPOC, join us at the open session.

The Open Session meetings are for all folks.

Whatever feels best for you! If you would like to attend the BIPOC-only meeting, please do. If you’d like to attend the Open Session as well, you are welcome to. You may attend one or both!

The Open Session!

Yes, if possible for you! Ideally, participants will have read the book or most of the book in order to contribute to the conversation at whatever level or form of participation they would like.

Wherever is most convenient for you! You can choose to buy the physical book or the e-book. Especially if you’re ordering your book by mail, remember to give yourself enough time to read the book in time for the group meeting! If you have any accessibility concerns in this regard (if cost is a barrier, for example), please reach out to Q (events@uvss.ca) or a session facilitator.

Online via Zoom! Zoom links will be made available closer to the meeting date and will be emailed out to those registered.

These sessions are based on the needs and wants of the group. The following structure is based on previous Book Club meetings and is flexible depending on the group that meets. 

In the beginning, facilitators will generally come to session with prepared questions or prompts. As the group continues to meet regularly, participants may come to the sessions with their own questions, thoughts, and ideas. We encourage participants to see what works for them and to communicate that to the session facilitators. 

Have another question or concern? Ask us by emailing Q (events@uvss.ca)