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Dale Auger

Dale Auger (1958–2008) was a Sakaw Cree artist and storyteller from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta. He was born in High Prairie, Alberta, near the province’s second-largest body of water, Lesser Slave Lake. As a young boy he went to school in Faust, near the Driftpile Reserve, where his knack for painting brought him recognition as the “school artist.” He studied at Grant McEwen College, the Alberta College of Art and Design, and the University of Calgary, obtaining a PhD in education in 1999. Auger was a renowned artist whose vibrant paintings of Native spiritual life are held in many notable public and private collections around the world. His book Mwâkwa Talks to the Loon was named Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year at the 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival and received the 2007 R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature. He lived in Bragg Creek, Alberta, until his untimely death in September 2008.