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David Alexander Robertson

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David A. Robertson (he/him/his) is an award-winning writer and recent recipient of the Writer's Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the the YA trilogy The Reckoner (winner Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction, McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People). His most recent works include the graphic novels Breakdown (Top 10 Fiction Title, In the Margins) and The Barren Grounds, and his memoir Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory. A sought-after speaker and educator, David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. ...more

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David Alexander Robertson The inspiration to write this graphic novel came from a few places. First and foremost, I have three Cree/Métis daughters, and I am concerned about th…moreThe inspiration to write this graphic novel came from a few places. First and foremost, I have three Cree/Métis daughters, and I am concerned about the world they are growing up in because statistically, they are less safe than non-Indigenous girls. I want people to think about why that is, and consider their part in making this country a safe place for everybody. The message of this book is to share knowledge about what's going on in Canada, within the context of MMIWG2S. Betty Osborne is also a distant relative to the Robertson family and grew up in the same reserve my father grew up in, and of which I am a band member. So, this story is close to me and has been for two decades. Hopefully, this story will recontextualize Betty's story against today's epidemic, and make people think about the country we live in, and the country we want to live in.(less)
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Sugar Falls: A Residential ...

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Black Water

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Will I See?

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The Evolution of Alice

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Jen Storm recommends The Evolution of Alice by David Robertson

“David Robertson’s novel The Evolution of Alice is a novel written from multiple viewpoints after a tragic event takes place on a reserve for a single mother family. David’s writing is important to me because he is taking experiences many Indigenous people are living through today and giving them their voice in a time when we are […]
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