Jun 01, 2021
By Andy Johnson
The Cree novelist, who should be celebrating back-to-back literary award wins for her debut novel about residential school survivors, is instead mourning the children whose deaths in the system are only now being realized.
Michelle Good is a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and was awarded this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for “Five Little Indians,” which also won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award last week. It traces the intersecting paths of five residential school survivors as they try to forge new lives in east Vancouver.
The 64-year old lawyer turned writer, who lives near Kamloops, says it feels “petty and selfish” to think about literary prizes in light of the outpouring of grief over the 215 children who were found buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C.