Larry Loyie (Oskiniko) (November 4, 1933 – April 18, 2016, Cree) was an award-winning Canadian author and playwright.Larry Loyie was born in Slave Lake, Alberta, where he spent his early years living a traditional Cree life. At the age of ten he was placed in St. Bernard’s Mission residential school Grouard, Alberta. He is the author of several plays, short stories and children’s stories dealing with native traditions, literacy and residential schools. Larry first shared his residential school experience in his play Ora Pro Nobis, Pray for Us, directed by Constance Brissenden, in 1994. He continued with As Long as the Rivers Flow, winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction and First Nation Communities Read, and its sequel Goodbye Buffalo Bay. Other books by Larry Loyie are Welcome to the Circle, The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure, When the Spirits Dance, A Cree Boy’s Search for the Meaning of War, The Gathering Tree, and Tant que couleront les rivières. Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History recieved the 2016 Winner of Golden Oak award in Ontario's Forest of Reading program and was a Finalist for 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction.
In celebration of award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie's life and legacy, Indigenous Education Press with GoodMinds.com has published Wild Waters: Inside a Voyageur's World - Can Tomma survive the fiercest of rivers? Step inside the voyageur's world in this historical novel & explore the little-known side of the fur trade, the side of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) & Canadien (French Canadian) paddlers who powered the canoes. (2021)
Tansi! Books by Larry Loyie. This video provides an introduction to the life, themes, and books of author Larry Loyie.