CSE Indigenous Book Club

Close up of hands holding an open book and a coffee cup. "CSE Indigenous Book Club".

In collaboration with UTM Indigenous Centre, we would like to invite the UTM Community to participate in our newest Indigenous Initiatives programming, CSE Indigenous Book Club. The CSE’s Indigenous Book Club will span over six weeks and focus on books by Indigenous authors that will help engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in meaningful conversations which focus on Indigenous culture, peoples and history. These community-based discussions will be facilitated by an Indigenous person through open and guided discussions that will help connect the themes in each book to Indigenous people in modern times.

Join us in for our fifth session of the CSE Indigenous Book Club, the text that we will be reading is “Empire of Wild” by Cherie Dimaline. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline, Metis, is the story of Joan on her way to Arcane in the Georgian Bay area by way of New Orleans with Victor., the love of her life. The  Rogarou has been seen on the roads near Arcane and is the topic of conversation around the kitchen table with Joan’s grandmother, mother, aunties and cousins and is to be avoided at all costs. When Victor goes missing after an argument with Joan she becomes depressed but doesn't give up her search for him. It's when she steps inside a revival tent that she gets her biggest break. She hears what she thinks is a familiar voice and meets Reverent Eugene Wolff. Could this be Victor, the Rogarou, or is he really the Reverent? Chasing Wolff with Zeus, her 12-year-old nephew in tow, she meets other members of the revival group who draw her into their intrigue. Can she get Victor back and save her family? 

Each participant will receive a free copy of “Empire of Wild” and it is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Empire of Wild Cover Page


Event Details

Event: CSE Indigenous Book Club

When: Every Monday starting January 24th, 2022

Time: 4:00 -5:00 p.m (EST).

Where: This event will be hybrid- DV 3130CC & via zoom

Each participant will receive a free copy of the text.

This opportunity is open to UTM students, staff and faculty.



For all inquiries regarding the CSE Indigenous Book Club, please contact:

Tomike Babajide
Community Engagement Coordinator: Access & Inclusion Programs


Registration Form

Registration is closed for Winter 2022.