Local writer fills gap she grew up with: books for Indigenous kids

By Calvi Leon Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Growing up in a predominantly white and rural community, Kristi White says there was virtually no access to books, let alone ones she found relatable. “I grew up in a rural community where we were the only Indigenous family,’’ said White, who is Haudenosaunee from Oneida Nation of the Thames, southwest of London. “I was not an avid reader until I got to high school and was given my first book.’’ But after questioning why the same was true for many others, and learning Indigenous children, particularly boys, have some of the lowest literacy rates in Canada, White decided she’d bring awareness to the issue through something she had grown to love – writing. A mother of four, White has self-published four children’s…

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