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Darrel J. McLeod
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Darrel J. McLeod is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Treaty 8 territory. Darrel is also a jazz singer. He lives in Sooke, BC and spends winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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Darrel J. McLeod is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Treaty 8 territory. Darrel’s first memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), won the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award and was a finalist for the RBC Charles Taylor Prize. The sequel to Mamaskatch, Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity, was released in March 2021. Darrel holds degrees in French literature and education from UBC. Darrel has been a teacher, School Principal in Yekooche First Nation, Director of a provincial curriculum center, Executive Director of Education and International Affairs at the Assembly of First Nations, and Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada. Darrel is also a jazz singer. He lives in Sooke, BC and spends winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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I didn’t hide any books. They were impressed and happy that I was reading. Mother hid stuff from us kids though. She didn’t want us to know she was reading “True Romance” magazines. There were likely articles or stories in there that would have been considered “risqué” at the time.

Margaret Laurence’s book “The Diviners” opens with the sentence “The river flowed both ways.” I just loved that line and it’s stayed with me for decades.

Both… I love a clean desk and office, but when I’m also very visual, so I like to keep important documents, books and tools within eyesight.

That I’m missing out on something in life.

I’m very open and vocal about my ambitions… one strong one is to excel at jazz improvisation as a vocalist.

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