Truth and Reconciliation is only possible when trust exists among all parties. After a brief moment on the challenges of Mental Health and a short perspective on why curriculum can interfere with the best educational practices, David will focus on the spirituality of Indigenous people and how it can be a perfect building block for schools and teachers to tackle the challenge of implementing the recommendations of the T&R Commission.
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"An acclaimed author of children's books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy. This former teacher and school principal has written more than 70 books in English, in French and in several Indigenous languages. Many combine poetry, prose and visual arts, and explore topics such as the environment, history and the traditions and cultures of Canada's Aboriginal communities.
Also a storyteller and sought after public speaker, David has traveled across the country to promote the importance and joy of reading and writing. In his presentations to children, parents and teachers, he addresses his own struggles with dyslexia. Proud of his Métis heritage, he is a former president of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and continues to serve as a community leader." ~ from the investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada, 2009.
David Bouchard's books have won numerous awards, including a Special Mention for Non-Fiction in the 2010 Bologna Ragazzi Awards for The Drum Calls Softly, a Gold Medal in the 2008 Moonbeam Award for I am Raven, the 2004 Governor General's Award for The Song Within My Heart, the 1999 Red Cedar Award for The Great Race and the 1997 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award for Voices from the Wild. An Aboriginal Carol was included in the 2008 White Ravens Catalogue. If You’re not from the Prairie was on McLean’s list of the top 20 Children’s books in the history of Canada.
In April 2009, Bouchard was named as a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as an author of children's books and an advocate who has championed the cause of reading and writing, and who has shared his pride as a member of the Métis community through his stories."
In 2013, David was honoured when, in Oshawa, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors.
In 2017, David was again honoured by Queen’s University when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law.
David lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife Vicki and their daughter Victoria.
You can access his web page at www.davidbouchard.com