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Larry Loyie, 1933-2016.

Award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie passed away on April 18, 2016, in Edmonton, Alberta. Larry was born in Slave Lake, Alberta, and attended the St. Bernard Indian Residential School. As a young man, Larry worked as a fisherman, logger and First Nations counsellor and served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Later in life, Larry made his dream of becoming a writer a reality and went on to write many impressive titles.

Larry won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction in 2003, for As Long As the Rivers Flow, and his latest book, Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors, written with Wayne K. Spears and Larry's partner, Constance Brissenden, was published in 2014. It was a finalist for the 2015 Norma Fleck Award. Larry had the ability to communicate with readers of all ages, but especially the young, telling stories of his youth before and during his residential school experience. Larry's books reached young people across Canada and beyond. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his partner Constance, his family and friends.

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Publication:Canadian Children's Book News
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Date:Jun 22, 2016
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