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The Non-Fiction Book Club is for people looking to read thoughtful intelligent books. If you like to read non-fiction this is the place.

Members suggest titles through the discussion board and when first joining. All non-fiction books are eligible: the authors and books selected do not represent the views of the organizers or members. We learn and develop our critical thinking skills by meeting in respectful dialogue books, people and ideas with which we may disagree. And we like to have fun.

Books selected generally must have 10 copies available in the Toronto Public Library and be under 400 pages. Each month, the group votes on a selection of books through an on-line poll. You can see past polls here (http://www.meetup.com/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/polls/?op=pastlist).

The Non-Fiction Book Club meets at the Toronto Reference Library –which hosts and co- sponsors the group. We also have a satellite club in Mississauga. At the meeting, one or more volunteer facilitators presents a prepared list of questions for discussion.

An optional small donation ($2) is requested to cover the Meetup website costs however meetings are open to the public. The discussions are based on having read the book (there is no presentation or summary), but even if you have not read the book you are more than welcome to come and check out the group. See Discussion Groundrules (http://www.meetup.com/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/messages/boards/thread/28765172).

Books selected cover a wide range of non-fiction topics. Member often share reviews and short related materials before the in-person meetings, which are often followed by lively discussions afterwards at a nearby pub where we have refreshments, socialize and usually digress about more non-fiction books.

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Indigenous relations : insights to make reconciliation a reality - Robert Joseph

We are all treaty people. This eagerly awaited sequel to the bestselling 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act offers practical tools that will help you respectfully avoid missteps in your business interactions and personal relationships with Indigenous Peoples. This book will teach you about: Aboriginal Rights and Title, and the treaty process the difference between hereditary and elected leadership, and why it matters the lasting impact of the Indian Act, including the barriers that Indigenous communities face which terms are preferable, and which should be avoided Indigenous Worldviews and cultural traditions the effect of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada the truth behind common myths and stereotypes perpetuated about Indigenous Peoples since Confederation. In addition to being a hereditary chief, Bob Joseph is the President of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., which offers programs in cultural competency. Here he offers an eight-part process that businesses and all levels of government can use to work more effectively with Indigenous Peoples, which benefits workplace culture as well as the bottom line. Embracing reconciliation on a daily basis in your work and personal life is the best way to undo the legacy of the Indian Act. By understanding and respecting cultural differences, you’re taking a step toward full reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. ═════ Free sources: eBook: https://toronto.overdrive.com/media/4719419 ═════ Discussion questions: TBD ═════ $$ Donations: Our events are free but donations are much appreciated. Your money will support our subscriptions to Meetup.com and Zoom. Please consider an e-transfer to [masked] (suggested $2 per event or PWYC). To make a donation, log into your online or mobile banking app and look for Interac e-transfer or similar. Then choose/add the recipient's email, the amount, and proceed. Thanks! ═════ Meeting format: * A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days prior to the meeting. * Please check your communication settings at https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/ to receive updates. * We meet to discuss the book after having read it beforehand. * A facilitator guides the discussion ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak, one person at a time. * Please read our Discussion Groundrules: https://www.meetup.com/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/messages/boards/thread/28765172 * Warning: Participation in a book club is a dangerous activity. You may encounter opinions different from yours. By joining the group you agree to assume all risks. ═════ Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the land we are meeting on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississaugas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Purchase

How to be a stoic: ancient philosophy to live a modern life - Massimo Pigliucci

In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions: Should we get married or divorced? How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever we are, Stoicism has something for us -- and How to Be a Stoic is the essential guide. ═════ Discussion questions: TBD ═════ $$ Donations: Our events are free but donations are much appreciated. Your money will support our subscriptions to Meetup.com and Zoom. Please consider an e-transfer to [masked] (suggested $2 per event or PWYC). To make a donation, log into your online or mobile banking app and look for Interac e-transfer or similar. Then choose/add the recipient's email, the amount, and proceed. Thanks! ═════ Meeting format: * A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days prior to the meeting. * Please check your communication settings at https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/ to receive updates. * We meet to discuss the book after having read it beforehand. * A facilitator guides the discussion ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak, one person at a time. * Please read our Discussion Groundrules: https://www.meetup.com/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/messages/boards/thread/28765172 * Warning: Participation in a book club is a dangerous activity. You may encounter opinions different from yours. By joining the group you agree to assume all risks. ═════ Land Acknowledgement: The land we are meeting on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississaugas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Purchase

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