Grand Chief to Share Celebrated Novel ‘Indian Horse’ at Literacy Fundraiser

This press release first appeared on Nishnawbe Aski Nation, April 25, 2018.


THUNDER BAY, ON (April 25, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will read from the acclaimed novel Indian Horse as one of six readers at this year’s Get Lit literacy fundraiser in Toronto this evening.

“I appreciate the opportunity to join this panel of distinguished readers and share a passage from one of my favourite novels – Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Literacy is vital to the development of our youth and I fully support their efforts, and the work of First Book Canada, to provide books for children in First Nations and low-income families across the country. I congratulate the organizers, sponsors and everyone involved for their tremendous efforts to raise funds for children’s literacy programs over the past decade.”

Indian Horse, by the late Ojibway author Richard Wagamese, tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway man who reluctantly undergoes treatment for alcohol abuse. In order to find peace he must tell his story, from being forced to attend residential school away from his family and land to the lifeline he finds in hockey. Throughout, he confronts the racism of the 1960s and the loss of his culture.

The film adaptation of Indian Horse debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and was released in theatres this month.

Get Lit is a not-for-profit organization that hosts a unique annual literary event. Each spring, book lovers gather in Toronto to watch and listen as six notable readers share a piece of writing that helped shape the course of their lives.

More information: @getlitreads @firstbookcanada #getlitturns10 #IndianHorse

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email

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