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Aboriginal Writers of the Year: April was a heck of a month

Let me start off by saying that it was great to have a tie and share the honour of being Aboriginal Writer of the Year with a writer as great and prolific as David Robertson.

And please forgive me if quite a few of the articles are about me but, then again, I don?t think that I will have another month quite like April 2017.

Over the last year, I have attended not one but two book launches for David Robertson as he tackled tough issues like Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in his graphic novel "Will I See" and residential school in his children's book "When We Were Alone."

I joked with David and another nominee before the awards that you could mention Susan Lucci and his name in the same sentence. 

However, David broke that curse earlier in the evening when he won three awards that night: one for each work put out and Aboriginal Writer of the Year. 

All I did was write "Gimiwan Last Nation" for the science fiction anthology mitewacimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Storytelling. Well, that and for continued ongoing support of Aboriginal writers.

I'd also like to take a moment to truly acknowledge an Aboriginal/Indigenous writer, or whatever is in vogue these days, known as Katherena Vermette for her debut novel ?The Break.?

Vermette won the Manitoba Book Awards top literary prize and two others.

I remember ?Kate? when she attended her first Aboriginal Writers Collective meeting more than a decade ago. 

Now she?s the biggest literary star who was ever in the group and I am both humbled and proud to be her friend.

It?s also great to see so many Indigenous people writing, getting nominated and winning awards.

For those who are interested, we are out there writing. All you have to do is listen to our voices.

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