29.03.16

Noteworthy

Bruce Poon Tip Donates 10,000 Copies Of Birdie To Canadian Schools


Despite getting voted off CBC’s Canada Reads Celebrity Panel, G Adventures founder and social entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip is committed to donating 10,000 copies of the book he was tasked with defending - Birdie by Tracey Lindberg – to high schools across Canada.

“I was so taken with Birdie – both as a piece of fiction and for what it means for Canada – that I couldn't let it go away. This book is a part of my life now; a powerful, transformative piece of literature that encourages all Canadians to take part in a national conversation we've put off for far too long,” says Poon Tip. 

Beginning today and while quantities last, Canadian high school teachers and administrators can apply to receive copies of Birdie for their school at www.10000birdies.com. Applicants must explain why their school should receive copies of the book.

“My generation has taken a small step towards reconciliation with Canada's First Nations peoples. The next generation will make the giant leap. Putting Birdie into Canadian high schools will, I fervently believe, allow us all to listen, speak, understand and come together,” adds Poon Tip.

Birdie follows a Cree woman known as Birdie on a modern-day quest from her home in northern Alberta to Gibsons B.C., where she hopes to meet her teenage crush: Jesse from The Beachcombers. Birdie’s troubled childhood has left her with inner demons, and her adventures take a dark turn, forcing her to find the strength to heal old wounds and build a new life. Informed by Cree lore, Birdie is a darkly comic novel about finding out who you are and where you’re from.

Tracey Lindberg is a lawyer, professor, activist, blues singer and expert in indigenous law. A citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation, she was raised in northern Alberta. Lindberg describes herself as the next in a long line of argumentative Cree women, and was the first aboriginal Canadian woman to complete her graduate law degree at Harvard. She teaches at the University of Ottawa and Athabasca University, and has published many legal articles in areas related to indigenous law and indigenous women. Birdie is her first novel.







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