Sharing Indigenous History with DDSB students through story

Posted On Thursday March 02, 2023
Sharing Indigenous History with DDSB students through story
Author David A. Robertson

DDSB welcomes critically acclaimed author David A. Robertson

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) recognizes that Indigenous Peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations, which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information.  

As part of this commitment, the DDSB was honoured to welcome the critically acclaimed Indigenous author David A. Robertson to our schools on November 2 and 3, 2022. 

David A. Robertson is a name that most households have come to know. Robertson is an author and graphic novelist based out of Winnipeg. He is the multi-talented writer of Swampy Cree heritage and has published over 28 books across a variety of genres. Robertson is the winner of the 2021 Freedom to Read Award. 

Robertson used the power of storytelling to connect with students at Quaker Village Public School, Uxbridge Public School, and Glengrove Public School, sharing the joy of reading, speaking about his journey, and highlighting the importance of Indigenous books within schools and society. 

While visiting the schools Robertson had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with many lucky students, and even sat down to breakfast with a few. Robertson says, “the best part of speaking with schools is getting to know the students on a personal level”. Robertson often uses his own children as inspiration for the stories he writes and uses youth of today as his motivation. He explained to students that growing up there were no books he could identify with; he’s looking to change that for the youth of today. 

Thank you, David A. Robertson, for sharing your beautiful and inspiring stories with the youth of DDSB!