A multidisciplinary artist with Abenaki roots, Sylvain Rivard often uses his knowledge of ancient traditional artisanal techniques in his collages and to illustrate children’s books. He holds a certificate in multidisciplinary studies in children’s literature, specializing in arts and culture of First Nations. His knowledge of languages allows him to perform the songs and stories respectfully and accurately, while his understanding of material culture makes for contemporary works that are intimately linked to the traditional. He is the author of a series of traditional tales published between 2009 and 2013 by Cornac, as well as a series for children on the anthropology of First Nations clothing published by Éditions Hannenorak. He has also published essays as well as two collections of poetry. Sylvain Rivard was invited to represent Canada as an author and illustrator at the White Ravens Festival in Munich in 2012, and his book La Tuque/The Toque/Pipun-akunishkueun was selected as part of Canada 150 celebrations in 2017.