David Alexander Robertson of Winnipeg can now count Governor General Award winner as one of his achievements.
The author has garnered much attention for his children’s book When We Were Alone, a story about residential schools from a modern perspective. In it, a girl asks her grandmother about her hair, clothing and Cree language and learns that such things were taken away from children in residential schools.
Robertson and book illustrator Julie Flett of Vancouver found out Nov. 1 that they had won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award in the Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books) category.
Catherine Gerbasi of HighWater Press says the award is a big step on the road to reconciliation.
Robertson previously received high praise for his graphic novel Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story.
This was his first nomination for the Governor General Award.