Equity Journal Club & Book Club

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

This page contains information about two clubs supported by the CWIC chapter at uOttawa. The first is an equity journal club and the second is a book club created by the Biology Graduate Student’s Association (BGSA).


The CWIC is extremely excited to announce our EDI-focused library!

Our library aims to support students in expanding their knowledge about EDI-related topics. We are providing an accessible way for all students within our department to experience different perspectives and to “learn outside of the classroom”.

This library will be a place for students within the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa to access EDI-related novels (fiction and non-fiction) by request. The process for requesting a book can be found below in our handy infographic. You can also find which books are already part of our library by clicking here.

You can click the graphic to enlarge it for more details.

The Google Form can also be accessed by clicking the following link: https://forms.gle/LTmQazcCjNuCCrhY6

CWIC Suggested Reads

Books we have read in our book club are indicated with a 📚
Books that we currently have in our library and are available by request are indicated with a 📖

You can request to read one of the books from our library by filling out the following Google Form. You can also request a book that we do not currently have in our library using the same form. https://forms.gle/LTmQazcCjNuCCrhY6

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power
By: Desmond Cole

How To Be An Antiracist
By: Ibram X. Kendi

Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right
By: Michael Bach

By: Glennon Doyle

So You Want To Talk About Race
By: Ijeoma Oluo

21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act
By: Bob Joseph

The Inconvenient Indian
By: Thomas King

The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist
By: Ben Barres

The Equity Myth
By: Frances Henry et al.

White Fragility
By: Robin Diangelo

Me and White Supremacy
By: Layla Saad

More Coming Soon

Other Media:

Podcasts and Podcast Episodes

BGSA Book Club

Our book club meets every Friday at 1PM (virtually!) for discussion and reflection on the current book. The book club has a focus on novels related to equity, diversity, and inclusion but all book recommendations are welcome! If you are interested in attending and reading with us, please contact us! This book club was started by the Biology Graduate Student’s Association, but all are welcome at any meeting.

Our Current Book:

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King


“Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King’s critical and personal meditation on what it means to be “Indian” in North America, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.
     This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope–a sometimes inconvenient but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.”

Our Next Book:

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph


“Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer. Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph”s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance – and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation, and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act”s cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation.”

Equity Journal Club


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