Richard Van Camp’s Tour

Richard at K’àlemì Dene SchoolRichard at K’àlemì Dene School.

Richard headed to Fort Smith on Tuesday evening. All day Wednesday Richard delivered writing workshops and promoted family literacy through visits to the schools, Aurora College and the library. He was happy to visit his home town of Fort Smith. While he was there he saw some old friends and made new ones.

Richard headed to Fort Smith on Tuesday evening. All day Wednesday Richard delivered writing workshops and promoted family literacy through visits to the schools, Aurora College and the library. He was happy to visit his home town of Fort Smith. While he was there he saw some old friends and made new ones.

On Thursday Richard travelled to Behchokö. The first stop was at Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in Edzo. The elementary students were enthralled by Richard’s stories of growing up in another community and many were happy to find out they were Richard’s cousins. He read his book What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? to different classes and then had the kids draw pictures of themselves as their favourite animal.

Richard at Chief Jimmy Bruneau School.Richard at Chief Jimmy Bruneau School.

The high school students joined the Teacher Education students for a workshop with Richard. Richard inspired them through his stories of life experiences and the stories behind his books. He encouraged them to continue their studies saying, “We need more Aboriginal authors sharing their experiences of the North.”

He also visited Elizabeth McKenzie School in Behchokö and St. Pat’s in Yellowknife. No matter what the age of the students, they all loved the baby book. Richard encouraged students from all the schools he visited to email him with their writing so he could respond and encourage them.

The NWT Literacy Council is very pleased to have been able to connect students with an award winning Aboriginal author from the NWT. We thank Richard for sharing his stories and ideas and inspiring so many future authors.