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U of R Need to Read Alumni & Friends Online Book Club


Thank you to all the alumni (over 200!) who jumped in to join us as part of the launch of the University of Regina Alumni & Friends Online Book Club in June 2020! Our book club focuses on the incredible benefits (and fun) of lifelong learning, with topics ranging from leadership to personal growth – and so much more. As a member, you get to vote on book club selections for each reading period. Book club members participate through a private forum where alumni and friends can discuss the current book and connect with each other – available 24/7 around the globe!


Our January 2022 book club read is: 

In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott

In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience
by Helen Knott

A memoir of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the lasting wounds of sexual violence.

Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption.

With gripping moments of withdrawal, times of spiritual awareness, and historical insights going back to the signing of Treaty 8 by her great-great grandfather, Chief Bigfoot, her journey exposes the legacy of colonialism, while reclaiming her spirit.

Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to pick up a copy of the book at your library, a bookstore or online from Online purchases made through using our link help support the U of R Student Emergency Fund for students whose lives and finances have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group will read one book every two months, so you will have plenty of time to read. Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book. Life is challenging enough - we’ve designed our book club to be stress free!


  Missed out on our virtual chat with Jesse? View the recording!

Virtual Fireside Chat with Jesse Thistle
Author of From the Ashes: My Story of being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
Wednesday, November 25, 2020)

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