davidDavid Alexander Robertson, of Irish, Scottish, English, and Cree heritage, is an award-winning writer who advocates for educating youth on indigenous history and contemporary issues. He has been recognized for his work in the field of indigenous education and won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 2015. David has created several bestselling graphic novels (7 Generations series, the Tales From Big Spirit series, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story, Sugar Falls, and Will I See?). His first children’s book, When We Were Alone, was published in December 2016 and subsequently won the McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People award in 2017. He was a contributor to the anthologies Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings From the Land of Water, Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, the LGBT sci-fi anthology Love Beyond Body Space and Time, and his work has been featured in CV2 and Prairie Fire. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, was published in fall 2014.  Source: darobertson.ca.


Gordon Edgar "Gord" Downie was a Canadian rock musician, writer, and occasional actor. He was the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip.  Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack.  Gord was introduced to Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers) by Mike Downie, his brother, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.” The stories Gord’s poems tell were fleshed into the ten songs of Secret Path with producers Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin. Recording took place over two sessions at the Bathouse in Bath, Ontario, November and December 2013. In winter 2014, Gord and Mike brought the recently finished music to comic artist Jeff Lemire for his help illustrating Chanie’s story, bringing him and the many children like him to life. Gord Downie passed away on Oct. 17, 2017. Source: secretpath.ca.

















Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Métis author, illustrator and artist currently living in Vancouver, BC. Julie studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif), and most recently Julie's book Wild Berries/Pakwa che Menisu was chosen as the First Nation Communities READ title selection for 2014-2015. As the author and illustrator of the 2014-2015 selection, Julie is t
he first-time recipient of the 2014 Aboriginal Literature Award, sponsored by the Periodical Marketers of Canada.  Source: julieflett.com.


Jeff Lemire is a Canadian cartoonist. He is the author of titles including the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth, The Nobody, and Animal Man. Source: secretpath.ca.