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William George Lindsay

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William George Lindsay (Cree-Stoney) B.Ed. M.A. is retired as of 2021 after working for a quarter century in post-secondary education. This was preceded by a career in the hotel-restaurant industry. He served most recently as the Senior Director, Indigenous Directions at Concordia University in Montréal. 

He has experience as a college professor, university educator, researcher and published writer, student services coordinator, Associate Director, Director, and Senior Director, across the following institutions: Concordia University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Douglas College, Institute of Indigenous Government, and Native Education College.


William’s award-winning book ‘Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces’ was released on Amazon in December 2021. The Vancouver Sun and The Province published book reviews on May 5/8, 2022, calling it “A new classic of Indigenous literature” and “An Indigenous Odyssey for TRC Times”. During 2022, it was chosen as a FINALIST for the Whistler Independent Book Awards, the first Indigenous book to make WIBA Finalist. It was subsequently chosen as WINNER in the Best Indie Book Awards for Native American Fiction and was then chosen as a double FINALIST for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 2023 for BIPOC literature and for a first novel over 90,000 words. The book is currently being added to libraries across Canada and the United States. It has so far been featured at two conferences, including as the keynote presentation at the ISMMS conference in Montreal in June 2023. This is William’s second book following ‘The Eagle and the Fish’ which was published as a TESOL textbook in Korea by Unibooks Inc. in 2002.


William was an Indian day school attendee for a traumatic portion of his youth. These experiences are expressed in his work and writing. He has presented at twenty academic conferences during his career, his presentations dealing with Indigenous social justice, life experience, and education. William has served on the Governing Boards of two institutions, the Native Education College and the Institute of Indigenous Government. In addition, he has served as Chair of the Aboriginal Steering Committee at Simon Fraser University and Chair of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group at Concordia University.

William’s hobbies include playing the guitar, studying languages, daily walks, reading, journal writing, haiku poetry, travel, movies, mahjong, cards, cats, coffee, and the CBC. William is fluent in English, conversational in Mandarin Chinese, and has some ability in Cree and French.

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Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces

Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces is an unnerving and realistic depiction of the effects of Indian residential school upon a generation. Set in the protagonist’s youth and written by someone who was there, William George Lindsay explores residential schools, the reservation, addiction, violence, and life as a runaway on the city streets of Canada. His Dickensian tale does not forget, however, the love, hope, humour, and courage that Indigenous people at the time exhibited, cultivated, and passed on, as a way to survive and even thrive. Readers are taken on a phantasmagorical journey as the protagonist goes from angry member of the punk generation to a possible redemptive and reconciliatory future. But will he and his cohorts survive to make it that far? A brutal, hard, yet ultimately uplifting read, and one grounded in truth, Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku evokes prose, poetry, and music, telling a nuanced philosophical tale of life, death, and dignity amidst the chaos and carnage of the times.

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Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver SunRez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces

A new classic of Indigenous literature.

The Province, Book ReviewRez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces

An Indigenous Odyssey for TRC Times.

Jury, Whistler Independent Book Awards, 2022Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces

William George Lindsay's Rez Dog Blues is essential, needed, indispensable, crucial, and vital.

Book used to teach creative writing and haiku poetry in the Writing 101 Program, University of British Columbia, 2022-23

Book featured in conference presentations at Simon Fraser University (Facilities Directors, October 2022) and Concordia University (ISMMS Conference, June 2023)

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Rez Dog Blues & The Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces has been added to the following library collections: Library and Archives Canada, United States Library of Congress, Harvard University, University of Maine, Washington State University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta, MacEwan University, University of Saskatchewan, University of Winnipeg, Laurentian University, University of Toronto, Brock University, Carlton University, Trent University, York University, Concordia University, McGill University, Douglas College, NorQuest College, Langara College, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Native Education College, and the civic libraries of Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Whistler, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Toronto, Whitby, Palliser Regional Library, Southeast Regional Library, Wapiti Regional Library, Wheatland Regional Library, Lakeland Regional Library, Chinook Regional Library, and Vancouver Island Regional Library, as examples.

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