Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp

Author | Storyteller | Mentor

Keynote: Tuesday, May 3rd (PM)

Sharing In The Joy of Reclaiming with Richard Van Camp

Description: In this inspiring and hilarious keynote, Richard Van Camp will share how he’s used every opportunity from being a Writer-Trainee and Cultural Consultant on the set of CBC’s North of 60 television series to publishing 26 books in 26 years to celebrate the beauty of being born and raised in Fort Smith, NWT and being Tlicho. He will share sweet gossip in how you, too, can use your work to reclaim and celebrate your culture. He has gifts for every participant and you are going to have a lot of fun.


Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT.

He is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

He is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a movie with First Generation Films and premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of five collections of short stories, six baby books, three children’s books, five comics and much more. 

In the past several years, Richard has been the Storyteller in Residence for Calgary Public Library, and the Writer in Residence at the Metro Federation of Edmonton Libraries. He has also been the Writer in Residence at the University of Alberta, Yellowhead Tribal College and MacEwan University. He has also been the Writer in Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.