Ronald Lavallée is a Franco-Manitoban born in St. Boniface. He has worked at Radio Canada in Vancouver as the western correspondant for Le Point, a public affairs television program. He currently is a reorter for CBC Radio in Montreal. Tchipayuk (1994) was first published by Albin Michel in France. It is the winner of the Prix Jules Verne, was named book of the month by France-Loisirs, and won the Prix Champlain (Canada) and the Prix Riel (Manitoba).