A Different Canada Day

A Different Canada Day

July 01, 2021

In light of the discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of residential schools across the country there have been calls for a different kind of Canada Day. One that focuses on reconciliation, reckoning and listening as opposed to celebration.

While we, at the River Bookshop, love our country, we are not blind to the wrongs done to the Indigenous community in it's name so this Canada Day we are choosing to highlight Canadian authors with a special focus on those Indigenous authors who bring so much wonderful and thought-provoking literature into the book world.

Truth and reconciliation begins with acknowledgement and we would like to do our part in shining a light on Indigenous authors, books and subject matter.

To that end we leave you with some actions to take and some websites to explore in the spirit of education, engagement and empathy.

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee - Report and Findings

Truth and Reconciliation Committee Calls to Action

Downie & Wenjack Fund - Inspired by Chanie Wenjack's story and Gord Downie's call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

For Canada Day weekend, all of our front window displays include Canadian authors - local authors, debut authors and best sellers. Be sure to check out our local author window with selections from authors right here in Amherstburg and from around Essex County - take a chance on a neighbour and truly "shop local"!

We hope to see you soon!

Lori, Richard, Colleen and the entire River Bookshop team. 


Don't forget about our Sunday Storytimes at 1:00pm every Sunday out in front of the Bookshop...Bring a blanket or some chairs and enjoy the fun of some great stories.