True North Aid’s literacy event of the year is back with a new look and new, inclusive name!

Northern Reads will launch February 1st, 2023 and will seek to encourage Canadians to participate in our charitable objectives of advancing education by supplying new, Indigenous authored and illustrated books; as well as supporting Indigenous self-determination through cultural literacy programs in northern, remote communities.

In preparing for this event, we are first inviting communities to apply for new books.

True North Aid will randomly select three communities via a lottery the first week of January who will be recipients of a supply of books in early spring 2023. (This allows for fair advantage for all applicants.)


  1. Fill out our Northern Reads application below. Deadline is December 31st, 2022. *NOTE: ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER COMMUNITY.
  2. The selected applicants will be notified by phone or email the first week of January.
  3. In January, the selected recipients, together with True North Aid’s Reconciliation Program Coordinator, will curate a book wishlist.
  4. Also in January, the selected recipients and True North Aid’s Reconciliation Program Coordinator will craft a media release highlighting your community.
  5. During the last week of January 2023, True North Aid will advertise Northern Reads across our social media platforms including our extensive email list. Our intention is to encourage Canadians across the country to satisfy the selected community’s books wish list throughout February.
  6. Once the event ends, True North Aid will tally, collect and receive any outstanding books from our literacy partner (TBD) and prepare your order for shipment as soon as possible. 
  7. For more info please contact Katie at

    True North Aid supports Indigenous-led projects in northern and remote communities in Canada that aim to create positive and impactful community-centred change. At True North Aid, we believe that Indigenous self-determination and self-governance are key to addressing inequities and social justice initiatives.

    True North Aid’s Charitable Objectives are as follows:

    • To advance education by providing books, equipment and educational aids to students in Northern Indigenous communities;
    • To relieve poverty in Northern Indigenous communities by providing food, clothing, shelter, sustainable solutions and other basic necessities of life to individuals and families who are poor, of low income, or in need;
    • To provide publicly available scholarships and educational programs for the benefit of Indigenous youth;
    • To support reconciliation efforts through programs that promote meaningful cross-cultural exchanges, respect for diversity and inclusion, and national awareness about the ongoing impacts of Canada’s unique history for Indigenous people, particularly in the most northern and remote areas in the Country; and
    • To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above-mentioned charitable purposes.