First Nation Communities Read 2016-2017 Announces - Winner of the PMC Aboriginal Literature Award
The winner of the PMC Aboriginal Literature Award is:
Spirit Bear
Illustrated by Michael Arnott
Written by Jennifer Harrington
 
Toronto, June 20, 2016 – First Nation Communities Read (FNCR) and Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) are pleased to announce that:
 
  • Spirit Bear, illustrated by Michael Arnott and written by Jennifer Harrington is the selected title of First Nations Communities Read 2016-2017 and the recipient of this year’s PMC Aboriginal Literature Award. Spirit Bear is published by Eco Books 4 Kids.
The Aboriginal Literature Award, inspired by the goals of the FNCR program, recognizes the work of the creators of outstanding Aboriginal literature and supports the objectives of PMC’s Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL). The annual award of $5,000 is provided through a FACL funding commitment. Tom Worsley, representing PMC, with FNCR jurors on hand, presented the award to Michael Arnott at 3:30 pm on Thursday June 23, at the National Aboriginal Day celebrations held at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario.
 
 
A jury of librarians from First Nation public libraries in Ontario, with coordination support from Southern Ontario Library Service, selected Spirit Bear from more than 24 titles submitted by Canadian publishers. An announcement of five short- list contenders preceded the selection decision. In arriving at its selection decision, the jury agreed that the book is an important one tells a story of friendship, perseverance, bravery and trust. The reader follows Anuk, a white bear cub (spirit bear) who is swept away from home and must make his way back to his mother. Spirit Bear is full of lovely full colour illustrations by artist Michael Arnott that introduce children to 22 animals from the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, many of whom are endangered.
 
First Nation Communities Read is the Ontario First Nation public library community’s contribution to the popular reading movement. Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from Southern Ontario Library Service, it promotes a community-based approach to reading,FNCR:
  • encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing; 
  • increases awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing; 
  • promotes the publication, sharing, and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit voices and experiences;
  • increases awareness and sales of the titles it honours.
Southern Ontario Library Service is mandated to deliver programs and services on behalf of the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport by:
  • increasing cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers in order to      promote the provision of library service to the public;
  • assisting public library boards by providing them with services and programs that reflect their needs, including   consultation, training and development.
For more information about First Nation Communities Read and Southern Ontario Library Service, contact:
 
Nancy Cooper 
First Nations Consultant
Southern Ontario Library Service                                
 
Telephone: 416-961-1669, Ext. 5194

Periodical Marketers of Canada is the national association of magazine and book wholesalers serving 35,000 retail newsstands. Periodical Marketers of Canada was established under federal charter in 1942 for the purpose of furthering the wholesale periodical distribution industry and contributing to the encouragement of reading in Canada. Current members of the association are: Monahan Agency, Vernon, BC; Metro News, Toronto, ON; TNG, Burlington, ON.

PMC’s ongoing activities include funding of a nonprofit charitable foundation, the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, which makes contributions to individuals and agencies engaged in the encouragement of literacy and reading in Canada.

For more information about Periodical Marketers of Canada, contact:

Barry Francis                              
Periodical Marketers of Canada        

Telephone: 416-447-7908
Cell: 416-876-3204
Fax: 416-447-8137
barry@franciscommunications.com
C/o Metro News  
120 Sinnot Road          
Toronto ON M1L 4N1
 
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for this project.