Welcome to Widespread Bannock – the place where Acoustic Bannock skips Electric and goes straight to Digital. This is a record of 50 funny, weird, tragic, engaging and entertaining stories I have collected over the past 50 years of my life. Some are true stories, some based on true stories and events, others a mixture of fact and fantasy. Some are pure fantasy. I am hoping to post one short story each week for the next 50 weeks.

In whatever form they appear, I hope you enjoy them.

“Fearless” Frederick Lepine


Frederick Lepine

Frederick A. Lepine

Frederick A. Lepine is a contemporary aboriginal (Cree/Metis) artist with quite a varied background. Born in Hay River, Northwest Territories, in 1958, he has been a political cartoonist, commercial fisher, construction worker, forest firefighter, painter, sculptor, digital artist/programmer, musician, writer, photographer and videographer.

At the age of 17, as a political cartoonist with a local Hay River newspaper, he was awarded the Canadian Jasper National Award for Political Cartooning in the Community Interest.

From 1977 to 1994, Frederick held the positions of Helitack Firefighter and Air Attack Officer with the Northwest Territories forestry department, heading an air attack group of water bombers. Fire attack has provided him opportunities to work throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. In the mid-eighties, he received national certification as an Air Attack Boss, a duty which involves supervising multiple and simultaneous air attack scenarios.

In 1992, he graduated cum laude from the Victoria College of Art in Victoria, BC., and in 1993, launched Flying Colors Design, the name of which is a reflection of his aviation and fine art backgrounds.  In 2001 and 2003, Fred was nominated for National Aboriginal Achievement Awards for his work with FCD, the first aboriginal-owned and operated web design company in Canada.

As a writer, Frederick explores contemporary aboriginal issues. His short stories have so far been published in Steal My Rage, a 1997 collection of new native writers; another short story won the 1995 Northwest Territories Literacy Contest; and still another was advanced to the finals of the 1996 Canadian Literary Awards Competition.

In 1999 and 2000, Fred was a member of the Canadian Smart Communities National Selection Committee. This group of Canadians was charged with selecting a number of communities wishing to acquire government funding to assist in developing technology solutions for community challenges. Frederick represented aboriginal interests and issues in technology.

He recently completed his second Artist Residency with The Banff Centre in writing.

The “Fearless” moniker was attached to him by his forestry flying buddies, who were not allowed to use another “F-” word on the radio.

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