OBA Book Club Reads – Valley of the Birdtail [WEBCAST ONLY] 

Jan. 12, 2023

Join OBA and Author’s Andrew Stobo Sniderman & Douglas Sanderson to discuss their book Valley of the Birdtail. Valley of the Birdtail is a heart-rending true story about racism and reconciliation Divided by a beautiful valley and 150 years of racism. It shares how two communities became separate and unequal—and what it means for the rest of us. In Rossburn, once settled by Ukrainian immigrants who fled poverty and persecution, family income is near the national average and more than a third of adults have graduated from university. In Waywayseecappo, the average family lives below the national poverty line and less than a third of adults have graduated from high school, with many haunted by their time in residential schools.

This book follows multiple generations of two families, one white and one Indigenous, and weaves their lives into the larger story of Canada. It is a story of villains and heroes, irony and idealism, racism and reconciliation. Valley of the Birdtail has the ambition to change the way we think about our past and show a path to a better future.

Andrew Stobo Sniderman is a writer, lawyer, and Rhodes Scholar from Montreal. He has written for the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s. He has also argued before the Supreme Court of Canada, served as the human rights policy advisor to the Canadian minister of foreign affairs, and worked for a judge of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.

Douglas Sanderson is the Prichard Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and has served as a senior policy advisor to Ontario's attorney general and minister of Indigenous affairs. He is Swampy Cree, Beaver clan, of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

Valley of the Birdtail was published by HarperCollins and is available through HarperCollins, can be ordered online from Amazon and is available at Indigo.


Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (ET)


The event is free and exclusive to OBA Members.


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