Darrel J. McLeod

Darrel J. McLeod is a Cree writer from Northern Alberta.
Darrel J. McLeod is a Cree writer. (Ilja Herb)

Darrel J. McLeod is a Cree writer from treaty eight territory in Northern Alberta. Before his retirement, McLeod was chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. His first book Mamaskatch is a memoir of his childhood, raised by his mother Bertha who is a residential school survivor. McLeod is now working on two writing projects: his first work of fiction and a memoir that follows the events in Mamaskatch.

Mamaskatch won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction. McLeod wrote an original essay called Spanning Borders for the special CBC Books series Borders.

Books by Darrel J. McLeod


Darrel McLeod talks to Shelagh Rogers about his new book Mamaskatch 16:02
Winners of the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards address our challenge to create an original piece of writing on the theme of borders. In forms ranging from poetry to fiction and personal essay, they reflect on the idea of divisions, and on the other side, reconciliations. They'll talk about their work, read from it, and give their views on the way borders, boundaries and limits - real and imagined, psychological and political - are at work in our world and lives now. Presented by IDEAS and CBC Books, with the Canada Council for the Arts. 53:59