Joseph Boyden is a nationally and internationally celebrated Canadian writer. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have won numerous prizes, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Joseph, an honorary member of the Truth and Reconciliation commission, has dedicated much of his life and his work to Indigenous, youth, and mental health issues.
Boyden has written acclaimed novels such as ‘Three Day Road’, ‘Through Black Spruce’, and ‘The Orenda’. ‘Through Black Spruce’ awarded him the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and ‘The Orenda’ the 2014 Canada Reads winner.
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One thing you may not know about Joseph Boyden is that he wrote a ballet. ‘Going Home Star- Truth and Reconciliation’ is a ballet put on by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The story for it was written by Boyden to mark the end of the investigation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was meant to commemorate the pain the survivors went through with beauty rather than more suffering.
Joseph Boyden spoke publicly on his experience as an adolescent suffering with depression and self-harm at We Day, delivering an inspiring message to youth to keep on. He as well detailed the importance of being aware of the issues facing Indigenous youth currently, stating “Reconciliation is not an easy word and it’s not going to take an easy number of years,” Mr. Boyden says. “It might even take generations for reconciliation to happen.”
Joseph Boyden appears at the invitation of The Chippewas of Rama First Nation.