#IndigenousReads: Spotlight on Canadian Author David A. Robertson

“My dad always used to say that our story isn’t a story of trauma. We have trauma in our history, in our lives, in our family. But really our story is a story of resiliency and a story of cultural reconnection and a story of love. I feel like that will help people understand what healing really means.”

~ David A. Robertson, speaking about his memoir, Black Water, and reconnecting with his Cree heritage in a October, 2020, interview with Ryan Porter of Quill & Quire magazine

(A version of this article first appeared in Kingston Neighbours magazine, June, 2021)

June in Canada is National Indigenous History Month. Established in 2009, it honours the diversity and heritage of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. Specifically, #IndigenousReads is a federal initiative to promote reconciliation and awareness of Indigenous issues through sharing literature from First Nations, Inuit and Metis writers. So to celebrate National Indigenous History month, let’s highlight one of the many compelling Indigenous-Canadian authors you should be reading!

David A. Robertson is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He currently lives in Winnipeg where he has authored many books for children and adults in the last decade about residential school survivors, Indigenous foster care, missing and murdered Indigenous women and his Cree heritage. He has won numerous awards, including most recently the The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 2021 Freedom to Read Award.

Picture Books, ages 4+

Middle School Novels, ages 9+

Middle School Graphic Novels, ages 9+

  • Tales From Big Spirit series, 2014 – A biographical series of notable Indigenous people, including: Pauline Johnson, Gabriel Dumond, Tommy Prince, John Ramsay, Thanadelthur, Nancy Shanawdithit, Mistahimaskwa. 

YA Novels, ages 12+

YA Graphic Novels, 12+


This month, I highly recommend you and your kids pick up one of these riveting reads; you won’t be disappointed! You can also check out #IndigneousReads on social media, or visit the #IndigenousReads June 2021 campaign website to discover more illuminating books from Indigenous authors. 


  1. About National Indigenous History Month, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1559222623218/1559222644174.
  2. David A. Robertson Biography, https://www.darobertson.ca/
  3. #IndigenousReads, https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1472674362414/1557776582786

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