As a best selling author of more than 50 books, David Bouchard is a champion of the written word. His passion for literature is undeniable through his work to promote the importance and enjoyment of reading. His books discuss topics such as the environment, history and the traditions and cultures of Canada’s aboriginal communities.
Bouchard didn’t always know he was Métis, in fact, for the longest time he identified as a French Canadian. Having now recognized his Métis heritage, Bouchard says “it’s good to be Aboriginal. I feel a lot more comfortable being who I am than who I thought I was”. In one of his many books, Proud to Be Métis, Bouchard recognizes important figures in Métis history. His reflection on their impacts in history continues to bring light to his Aboriginal roots. “It was okay being white”, Bouchard says, “but I like being Métis”. Hear Bouchard’s inspiring words on what it means to be Métis in the following video.
Years of travel and speaking engagements have refined Bouchard’s colourful, enthusiastic, and engaging style leaving audience members excited to read and learn more about First Nations culture. “What I write,” says Bouchard, “are books from my heart that will touch people.” Bouchard believes that books are not only entertaining but also help to improve self-esteem and bring about success in our lives. In his opinion, TV can make individuals laugh and cry but books offer much more.
In addition to story telling, Bouchard offers a dynamic aspect to his presentations by playing the Metis Flute. Below is a video of Bouchard incorporating his many talents into one presentation.
Over the years, Bouchard has received numerous acknowledgements and awards for his work, including a Special Mention for Non-Fiction in the 2010 Bologna Ragazzi Awards for The Drum Calls Softly. In 2009 Bouchard was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a children’s author and advocate for reading, writing, and Aboriginal rights, and in 2013 a public school in Oshawa, David Bouchard Public School, was opened in his honour.
Bouchard’s years of experience have allowed him to bridge the gap between First Nations People’s and the rest of Canada.