Honoring 14 indigenous Canadians who have achieved outstanding success.
Runtime: 90 minutes
Indspire Awards - Richard Wagamese - Netflix
Richard Wagamese (October 14, 1955 – March 10, 2017) was a Canadian author and journalist. An Ojibwe from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in northwestern Ontario, he was best known for his 2012 novel Indian Horse, which won the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature in 2013 and was a competing title in the 2013 edition of Canada Reads.
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Wagamese was a native affairs columnist and music reviewer for the Calgary Herald prior to writing fiction. He won a National Newspaper Award for column writing in 1991, becoming the first indigenous writer ever to win that award. His debut novel Keeper 'n Me was published in 1994. The book was co-winner with Roberta Rees's Beneath the Faceless Mountain of the fiction award at the 1995 Writers Guild of Alberta awards. He has since published five other novels, a book of poetry, and five non-fiction books, including two memoirs and an anthology of his newspaper writings,. He also wrote for the television series North of 60. Later, he lived outside Kamloops, British Columbia, and was granted an honorary doctorate from the city's Thompson Rivers University in 2010. In 2012 he was given an Indspire Award as a representative of media and communications. In 2015 he received the Writers' Trust of Canada's Matt Cohen Award for his body of work. In the same year, Canada's Super Channel announced that it was funding a film adaptation of Indian Horse, to be directed by Stephen Campanelli and written by Dennis Foon. Following Super Channel's filing for creditor protection, the film Indian Horse instead premiered theatrically at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
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