Virtual Book Club: Speaking My Truth

Speaking My Truth Book Cover

“Inter-generationally – story is key. Every one of our stories is unique. These have brought us to where we are and it is important to share these with others, as a way to provide hope.”

   — Cree Knowledge Keeper
Susie McPherson

The winter months are for storytelling.

In this virtual book club series, we will read and reflect on the stories and experiences of residential school survivors, in their own words, and engage in dialogue around rebuilding, reconciliation, and renewal.

Beginning in January, we will meet bi-weekly to reflect on the collection of essays within each section of the book. Led by Cree Knowledge Keeper, Susie McPherson, reflection and sharing will take place in the form of learning circles. Prior to each circle, those joining the conversation will be able to access the readings for discussion either:


  • In hard copy, as we have 13 copies available from BU CARES and distributed through the BU Library

Learning Circle Schedule & Details

Learning circles will be held bi-weekly, on Tuesdays (12:30 – 2:00 p.m.) from January 12 – March 9, 2021.

  • First circle – January 12
    Welcome everyone & reflect on the importance of what we will be learning
  • Second circle – January 26
    Reflect on first three stories from first section – Truth to Reconciliation (pages 9 – 52)
  • Third circle – February 9
    Reflect on last three stories from first section – Truth to Reconciliation (pages 53 – 107)
  • Fourth Circle – February 23
    Reflect on stories from second section – Response, Responsibility, and Renewal (pages 109 – 167)
  • Fifth Circle – March 9
    Reflect on stories from last section – Cultivating Canada (pages 169 – 248)

To join the conversation

For planning purposes, please sign up for the book club using the online BU Events tool or send an email to Erica at

Shortly after signing up, a calendar invitation with a Zoom meeting link will be sent, along with an invitation to advise of any accessibility needs in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made.

If you would like to read the book in hard copy, please contact Marian at to arrange pick up of a copy.

This virtual book club has been made possible by the contributions of various campus partners.

Thank you to BU’s Indigenous Peoples’ Centre, John E. Robbins Library, Centre for Aboriginal & Rural Education Studies, and Human Resources.

A special thanks to Knowledge Keeper Susie McPherson.