APTN News Sunday
Winnipeg writer David Robertson has won one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious awards – the Governor General’s Literary Award for his work When we were alone.
The children’s book shares the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of an elder to her grandchild.
“It was kind of like this very surreal moment where I was wondering if I was hearing what I was really hearing,” Davidson told APTN News.
“But then over the next few weeks, it kind of just sunk in.”
Robertson was born and raised in Winnipeg but is a member of the Norway House Cree First Nation in Northern Manitoba.
He said he has been writing since he was eight years old.
“The best thing about this award – and any award really that I’ve gotten is that it helps to get the book into more hands,” said Robertson
With over a dozen books written, Robertson is receiving his first Governor Generals award.
“This is the story of our survivors. This is the story of the children who did not survive. And what we’re trying to do is honor those memories through sharing their story – their experiences through literature.”
Robertson said he wrote the book to help all children in Canada learn about Aboriginal history.
“When the truth and reconciliation commission came out with their call to action. One of the things they said was they wanted these histories to be taught as early as kindergarten and all the way through school.”
As part of the award, David Robertson and each of the 14 winners receive $25,000.
The Governor General’s Literary Awards will be presented on November 29th in Ottawa.