My main specialities are in Native Literature, Creative Writing, and American Literature. Most of my significant publications are in fiction and consist of novels: Medicine River (1990), Green Grass Running Water (1993), Truth and Bright Water (1999), short story collections: One Good Story, That One (1993) and A Short History of Indians in Canada (2005). In 2003, I gave the Massey Lectures which were published in book form as The Truth About Stories. Most of my interests lie in the area of creative writing and Native studies. My current research is focused on a narrative history of Indians in Canada.
The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.