Larry Loyie’s legacy is growing

Hello from Constance Brissenden, Larry Loyie’s partner. Larry Loyie’s legacy as an Indigenous author, educator, traditional Cree, and residential school survivor has continued to grow since he died in 2016 at the age of 82 years.

Here are some of the highlights:

An early photo of Larry Loyie and his partner Constance Brissenden.

… The Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden Collection at the University of British Columbia’s Residential School History and Dialogue Centre continues to expand. I’ve worked on the organization of the collection since Larry died, with two visits to UBC. The archivists there are phenomenal… and the collection is big. In terms of digital files, images, and media (videos, tv clips, audio, etc) there are 12,377 items. Plus hundreds (perhaps thousands) of hard copy files, research books, interviews, and so on. The Centre continues to work on this collection to make it accessible.

Residential School, With the Words and Images of Survivors … third printing has updates, available from publisher (Indigenous Education Press)

… the above book won the 2016 Golden Oak Award

As Long as the Rivers Flow, Larry Loyie’s classic children’s book introducing his beloved traditional childhood and its loss at residential school, sold over 22,000 copies in the USA in 2019. Available from, or from published Groundwood Books.

More in my next blog! Thank you, Constance Brissenden
Edmonton, AB

About Constance Brissenden

Constance Brissenden (BA, MA, Theatre) is a writer, editor, and educator. In 1992, she met Cree First Nations author Larry Loyie in a free creative writing class in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Focusing on Indigenous history, culture, and pride, Larry and Constance were a dynamic duo. They wrote ten books together based on Larry Loyie's traditional childhood and his six years in residential school. After more than 20 years of research, they completed the national bestselling history, Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors (Indigenous Education Press/IEP). Together they gave more than 1,600 talks and 100 writing workshops across Canada. Larry Loyie (1933-2016) was dedicated to sharing his pride in his culture and traditions. Constance Brissenden continues to share Larry Loyie's legacy, with the completion of Wild Waters, Inside a Voyageur's World (IEP, available from Constance Brissenden can be reached at:
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