Canada Day Reading List

As Canada approaches 157 years since confederacy, UMP has put together a reading list that delves into important conversations about the past, present, and future of this nation.

These three books ask what it really means to be Canadian, investigate how discrimination has been engrained in classrooms across the country, and examine narratives of white settler-colonial nationalism. This long weekend is the perfect opportunity to read up on some of the critical issues facing all Canadians.

Reconstructions of Canadian Identity

Towards Diversity and Inclusion

Vander Tavares (Editor), Maria João Maciel Jorge (Editor)

In 1971, Canada became the first nation in the world to officially declare its bilingual and multicultural policies. This incisive collection examines what has changed over the past fifty years, highlighting the lived experiences of minoritized Canadians and offering insights into the critical work that lies ahead.

School of Racism

A Canadian History, 1830–1915

Catherine Larochelle (Author), S.E. Stewart (Translator)

This award-winning book names the ways in which Canada’s education system has supported ideologies of white supremacy—ideologies so deeply embedded that they still linger in school texts and programming today. School of Racism bridges English- and French-Canadian histories to deliver a better understanding of Canada’s identity.

Unbecoming Nationalism

From Commemoration to Redress in Canada

Helene Vosters (Author)

Helene Vosters examines an eclectic range of both state-sponsored social memory projects and counter-memorial projects to reveal and unravel the threads connecting reverential military commemoration, celebratory cultural nationalism, and white settler-colonial nationalism.

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.