Author Bio

David is an Aboriginal writer who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his wife and three children. As he was growing up, David became acutely aware of the lack of accurate, comprehensive, Aboriginal history being taught in schools. For this reason, he wrote The Life of Helen Betty Osborne — to engage and educate youth about an integral event in Canada’s Aboriginal history. He continues to work on Graphic Novels aimed at telling Aboriginal history.

David previously published a novel of literary fiction entitled Ashes Rise. He is currently working on a new novel entitled Fisher.

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  1. Ashly Dyck
    May 14, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Hi David,

    I saw a preview of the first book, Stone, on youtube, and was wondering what’s probably an obvious question: does the Truth and Reconciliation Commission know about your work? I live in Ottawa and about three years ago took a class on the coming TRC where we analysed the mistakes and triumphs of past TRCs across the world and our papers went to the government. Sadly, this TRC hasn’t received nearly the publicity it should and appears more of a messed up token gesture than anything, but, should something ever come of it, I feel like they would really enjoy your series 7 Generations and find it of great use: part of the TRC’s mandate is to have I think 6 large events across Canada where survivors share their stories and a wide array of other activities take place to either provide support, celebrate strength, or assist others in understanding, and I feel like a reading of one of your books would fit perfectly in such a setting.

    Anyway, you’ve probably already heard of this but I thought I’d give you the heads up in case you hadn’t :). I’m not sure who’d be the person to contact for this – last I heard a man named Bob Watts was the Executive Director, but perhaps the Manitoba regional chief would also know who to get in touch with, who’s planning “the event nearest you,” so to speak. I hope this was helpful! I really applaud your work and think these books should be made mandatory in schools. Keep it up!!

    Ashly

  2. May 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks Ashly, I appreciate your message. The TRC does know about the series and, in fact, I hope to get some involvement from them on book 3, which is a Residential School story. That book’s called “Ends/Begins”.

    The first national event they’re holding is in Winnipeg, where I live. I, along with Niigonwedom Sinclair and Beatrice Mosionier, are planning a Writer’s event with the TRC. If you’re around Winnipeg, you should check this out as we’ll have 5 big writers in Canada reading at the event.

    On another note, I’m also doing a graphic novel in follow up to my first book, The Life of Helen Betty Osborne, and this one will also be a Residential School story.

    Thanks again for your comment,
    Dave

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