Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese dead at 61

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Richard Wagamese, accepting his 2015 Matt Cohen Award, in Toronto Screen capture

Award-winning Ojibwe author and journalist Richard Wagamese has died at the age of 61. Family members confirmed that he passed away on Friday in his home in Kamloops, B.C.

Wagamese started his career as a journalist in 1979 and was a long-time native affairs columnist for the Calgary Herald.

In 1991, he became the first Indigenous writer to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing.

In 1994, he published his first novel Keeper ‘n Me and published five further novels, a book of poetry and five non-fiction books.

He also wrote for the popular 1990s CBC-TV series North of 60.

Wagamese’s 2012 novel, Indian Horse, was a finalist in CBC’s Canada Reads competition and is currently being adapted for film.

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