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On the Trapline

A picture book by by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett.

David A. Robertson and Julie Flett 

The Governor General Award-winning team from When We Were Alone returns with a picture book that celebrates fathers and grandfathers. A boy and Moshom, his grandpa, travel to visit a place very special to Moshom – the trapline his family used when he grew up. The boy imagines life two generations ago, and what is different and what is similar to his life now. A beautiful introduction to Indigenous culture, as well as – more generally – family histories. (From Tundra Books)

On the Trapline won the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustrated books.

David A. Robertson is an author and graphic novelist based in Winnipeg. The multi-talented writer of Swampy Cree heritage has published 25 books across a variety of genres, including the graphic novels Will I See? and Sugar Falls, a Governor General's Literary Award-winning picture book called When We Were Alone, illustrated by Julie Flett, and the YA book Strangers.

Julie Flett is a Cree-Métis author, illustrator and artist. Flett has illustrated several picture books including Little You, My Heart Fills with Happiness and We Sang You Home. Birdsong was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration.

Interviews with David A. Robertson

David Robertson talks to Shelagh Rogers about his new kids book, On The Trapline. 15:33
To say Cree author David A. Robertson is prolific is a bit of an understatement. He started his writing career in 2009, and has already published more than 20 titles. This fall he has three books being released. This week on Unreserved, an extended conversation with the author. 43:38
Winnipeg author and educator David A. Robertson is this year's Freedom to Read Award, and that freedom is one he's had to fight for. David joins Laurie Hoogstraten to talk about this Award, the latest in an ever-growing list of accolades for his work. 8:09

The path to healing and reconciliation in Canada

7 months ago
Duration 2:21
A visual essay by award-winning Cree author David A. Robertson and Anishinaabe filmmaker Jordan Molaro reflecting on the path toward healing and reconciliation in Canada. 2:21

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