CSE Indigenous Book Club


CSE Indigenous Book Club

On behalf of the Centre of Student Engagement at UTM, 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 our fourth session of the CSE Indigenous Book Club, the text that we will be reading is “There There” by Tommy Orange. Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle's death and working at the powwow to honour his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform a traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American--grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

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

There There Cover Page


Event Details

Event: CSE Indigenous Book Club

When: Every Wednesday starting September 29th, 2021

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

Where: This event will be online using Zoom as the main platform 

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 now closed for the Fall 2021 session. Please check back for Winter 2022 session.

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