100 years on: a Winnipeg General Strike reading list

Today marks the 100th anniversary of a pivotal event in Canadian history.

The legacy of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains contested, but for those seeking to build working class movements today, I believe there is plenty that can be learned from that period of workers’ revolt in Canada.

From how it all began, to what happened in the years to follow, here is a list of some reading suggestions for those wanting to dive in.

Starting with Truth: 6 Residential School Memoirs to Read for Those Seeking Truth and Reconciliation

I’ve often been asked for book recommendations with the question “Where should I start?”. Each of the books listed below helped me better understand Canada’s truth from the words of those who directly experienced the residential school system. They use the power of a residential school survivor’s unique personal stories to share important first-hand truths about Canada’s colonial residential school system and their legacy which we are still experiencing today. Obviously, our colonial truth doesn’t end in the past with residential schools but, if you’re a settler like myself, these memoirs are a good place to start.

My 2018 Reading List

Another year, another reading list! Looking back on 2018, I managed to complete 73 books, including a lot more novels and poetry books, and all of the Canada Reads shortlist. Here is this year’s complete reading list: with my made-up categories and highly inconsistent 5 star reviewing system.

My 2017 Reading List

Looking back on my reading list from 2017: I managed to complete 39 books this year, a drop from previous years, with a higher ratio of non-fiction. Here is this year’s complete reading list, with my made up categories and inconsistent 5 star reviewing system.

My 2015 Reading List

2015 was a year of two major elections, multiple trips, and a change of jobs, but I tried hard to keep my commitment to myself to watch less Netflix and instead read for fun more – meaning I read a shwack load of books, some big and some short. Here’s the complete list.

My 2014 Reading List

My 2014 resolution was to re-commit time to my love of reading. Some good vacations and often choosing reading over the internet meant I was able to enjoy 35 books (15 fiction, 20 non) last year. My highlights were discovering Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as an author, learning more about the 1995 Quebec Referendum, and Thomas King’s poignant yet humorous Inconvenient Indian.