Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Book Club

Back by popular demand is OECTA’s Book Club. The latest Book Club offers texts from two award winning Indigenous authors, Michelle Good and Jesse Thistle.

Book Club participants will meet twice. Initially for a launch meeting prior to reading the novel and then again for a book talk after reading the novel. Participants are required to obtain their own copy of the book in advance of the launch meeting. Space is limited and registration is required.

Five Little Indians by: Michelle Good
December 1, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. January 5, 2022 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
January 5, 2022 - 7:00pm – 8:30pm
January 6, 2022 - 4:00pm – 5:30pm
January 6, 2022 - 7:00pm – 8:30pm

“Taken from their families as small children and confined at a remote, Church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released, with not money or support, after years of detention.

Alone and without skills, support or family, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn’t want them. The paths of the five friends cross and criss-cross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they each endured during their years at the Mission.

With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the bonds of friendship between this group of survivors as they help each other to reinvent their lives and, ultimately, find a way forward.” (Good, M. Five Little Indians, 2020).

From the Ashes by: Jesse Thistle
December 8, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. January 11, 2022 - 4:00pm – 5:30pm
January 11, 2022 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
January 12, 2022 - 4:00pm – 5:30pm
January 12, 2022 - 7:00pm – 8:30pm

“In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.” (