"Palestinian voices, that is, Palestinians talking about themselves as opposed to others talking about them, are only just beginning to be heard in Canadian media and I hope to see this trend continue."
August 8, 2023
Anne-Marie Mediwake, Anchor, CTV Your Morning
Vicki VanSickle, Resident Reader, CTV Your Morning
Dear Ms Mediwake and Ms VanSickle
I am writing to you on behalf of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME, https://www.cjpme.org ) to thank you for the segment ‘Your Morning Library' on CTV Your Morning, aired on August 8.
My thanks to author Vikki VanSickle for choosing Canadian 'Back-to-School' titles that feature a wide diversity of authors, illustrators and characters, happily even within the werewolf community.
I especially appreciate the inclusion of 'Salma Makes a Home" by Canadian-Syrian LGBTQ+ activist and author Danny Ramadan, and Palestinian-Canadian author Jackie Khalilieh's " Something More".
Both books have illustrations of moms in hijab. Having children meet with diverse identities, cultures and religions in their reading does much, I believe, to counteract discrimination.
"Something More" gives a positive representation of a teenager who is dealing with a stressful situation- first day of high school- complicated by newly diagnosed autism, and who just happens to be Palestinian.
Palestinian voices, that is, Palestinians talking about themselves as opposed to others talking about them, are only just beginning to be heard in Canadian media and I hope to see this trend continue.
Thank you for bringing viewers Ms. VanSickle's thoughtfully curated book list.
CJPME Saskatoon Chapter.