Human Rights & Equity
Book Club

Welcome to the Human Rights and Equity (HRE) Book Club! Here, members and staff will participate in discussing a variety of books in a virtual forum.

The HRE Book Club will be looking for recommended reads by Canadian authors who have had an impact on the HRE equity-seeking groups – Racialized members, members living with disabilities, Indigenous members, Francophone members, and 2SLGBTQI+ members. They also hope they can get an author or two to join the discussion!

New HRE Book Club Points Program

The Human Rights and Equity Book Club will be entering its third year, and this year will be an exciting one! Along with ONA’s renewed brand, the Book Club wants to renew engagement with members as well. The points program will allow book club members to earn points throughout the year, with an opportunity to win an amazing prize from the ONA Merch Shop.

The new program works as follows:

  • Current members automatically receive 10 points.
  • Every new member who joins the book club will earn 10 points.
  • Every time a member participates in a poll, they earn 10 points/poll.
  • At each book club meeting, members who attend and participate in the meeting are entered into a draw for a chance to win a copy of the next book and 100 points.
  • At the 2024 Human Rights and Equity Caucus, the person who has earned the most points for 2024 will win a gift certificate worth $250 from the ONA Merch Shop.

 We look forward to engaging with ONA members and staff at our meetings!

Our Next Book

Join us on April 9, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss, Ru: A Novel by Kim Thúy.

Past Books

  • Small Great Things: A Novel by Colson Whitehead and Jodi Picoult
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
  • Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity by Darrel J. McLeod
  • I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
  • How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Moving Beyond Border: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora by Karen Fynn
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Dr. Gabor Maté
  • From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle
  • Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France
  • The Boat People by Sharon Bala
  • Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta
  • Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  • The Centaur’s Wife by Amanda Leduc
  • Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod
  • We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
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