In Memoriam: Walter Hildebrandt (1951-2021)

Dec 3, 2021

We here at NeWest are saddened to report upon the passing of another author and member of the Edmonton publishing community, Walter Hildebrandt, on October 11, 2021. Walter was a frequent collaborator with Indigenous Elders on writing projects that challenged Canadians' preconceived notions of our shared history, like his text The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7, as well as Treaty Elders of Saskatchewan.

An accomplished and award-winning poet, Walter published thirteen collections over the course of his career, with a fourteenth to come from Turnstone in 2022. We were very happy to collaborate with Walter on his collection Documentaries in 2016.

As a publisher, Walter was the past Director of the University of Calgary and Athabasca University Presses over the course of his career. The Albertan and Canadian publishing communities mourn the loss of a great friend, collaborator and artist.