Wawatay Communications Society is profoundly saddened by the passing of acclaimed Ojiway author and journalist, Richard Wagamese. Wagamese was a long-time contributor to Wawatay News. He was 61.
Wagamese, from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, has been a professional writer since 1979. Many of his writings were inspired by the legacy the residential school system has had on First Nation communities and its citizens. His writings also drew heavily on his own childhood experiences.