Sheridan Reads

Sheridan Reads returns this fall for a community-wide reading experience based on Thomas King's best-selling book The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America 

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The Inconvenient Indian is a collection of hilarious, provocative, disruptive and beautifully-crafted essays that explore and subvert the history, mythology, and so-called facts surrounding the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in North America. It reconsiders what it has meant, what it means, and what it might mean to be "Indian" in this place and time since first contact. At once sensitive and blunt, ironic and tragic, The Inconvenient Indian represents the culmination of Thomas King's work as a teacher, academic, administrator, activist and cultural icon in Indigenous Studies over the past five decades, and was a national bestseller upon its release in 2012. The Globe and Mail describes it as "essential reading for everyone who cares about Canada and who seeks to understand native people, their issues and their dreams." 

What is Sheridan Reads?

Sheridan Reads is an extended reading event that brings together students, staff and faculty with community groups, public libraries and service organizations in Mississauga, Oakville and Brampton to discuss and celebrate the work of writers from home and abroad.

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Sheridan Reads Story Swap: Building Community through Story

“The truth about stories is that that’s all we are.” - Thomas King, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

Stories, as Thomas King teaches, wield incredible power—they help us to explain, interpret, and re-imagine our world. In the ways they bring us together, they are also an inextricable part of how we build community.

As part of our ongoing celebration of Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian, Sheridan Reads – in partnership with the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support and the Sheridan Student Union – invites you to the second annual Story Swap on Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. in the SSU Atrium located just outside the Marquee. It will be an evening of performance and exchange, where students and community members will share some of the stories that make up the fabric of their lives.


Do you have a story that just needs to be shared? As our theme is Building Community through Story, we are seeking submissions that somehow relate to the notion of “community” (however you may choose to address this idea) and which can be told in 5 minutes. We welcome a variety of media, but we especially encourage forms of expression that rely upon sound and voice (e.g. oral storytelling, reading, slam poetry, creative non-fiction, song, etc.).

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 21: For consideration, please send the full text of your story to

Free and open to the public, this will be a special evening of storytelling by and for the Sheridan community. We hope you will join us!

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FILM FOR THOUGHT screens Wild Archaeology as part of Sheridan Reads

Sheridan Reads, in partnership with the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support and the Sheridan Student Union, presents an installment of the Film For Thought series examining Indigenous identity and ways of knowing.

Taking place Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at the Davis Campus (Room B213), this installment of Film For Thought will feature segments of the documentary series currently screening on APTN, Wild Archaeology. From British Columbia, to Lake Huron, to Labrador, Wild Archaeology takes viewers on a journey to reveal the vast diversity of Canada’s Indigenous communities. The films give us stunning natural beauty and rich veins of new knowledge as they follow Indigenous archaeologist Rudy Reimer and co-hosts Jenifer Brousseau and Jacob Pratt across Canada to discover the stories of North America’s original peoples.

Sheridan alumna and professor, Tracy German – Wild Archaeology’s lead writer, director and producer – will also be in attendance to discuss her experience making this compelling documentary. 

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In addition, the evening will also feature screening of selections from the emotionally rich First Stories films, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

We hope you can join us for an entertaining and engaging evening of film and thought!

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Book Giveaways – October 18 to October 20

Students and Sheridan faculty and staff are invited to come by the Sheridan Reads tables set up at any of our campuses at the times listed below to get your free copy of The Inconvenient Indian on the spot! Please note that you will be asked to show your Sheridan onecard to receive a copy of the book. Quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • STC: Tuesday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Entrance
  • HMC: Wednesday, October 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 1st floor Main Atrium
  • DAVIS: Thursday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the B-Wing Atrium, located between the Bookstore and the Cafeteria
  • TRAFALGAR: Thursday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the C-Wing hallway, located between the Library and the Learning Commons
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Creative Campus Series: A Conversation with Thomas King – November 9

**The Creative Campus Series is proudly sponsored by TD Bank Group**

Join us at 7 p.m. in the Macdonald-Heaslip Hall (Trafalgar Road Campus) for an evening of conversation and creativity on Wednesday, November 9 with author Thomas King. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. 

This event is open to the public and seating is on a first come, first served basis so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, you may watch a live-stream of the event on Sheridan's closed circuit televisions on our campuses (no web-streaming is available).

INDIGEN:US - An exhibition of work that explores what it means to be First Nation, Métis and Inuit at Sheridan and in its communities

The INDIGEN:US exhibition is presented by the Creative Campus Galleries in partnership with Sheridan Reads, Sheridan's Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support and Sheridan's Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities. It will take place adjacent to the Macdonald-Heaslip Hall at Trafalgar Road Campus on November 9 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Creative Campus Series' talk with author Thomas King.

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Contact Information

Sean McNabney
Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
905-845-9430 ext. 2045