Son of John Shiwak and Sarah Shiwak (nee Susanna) of Rigolet, Melville Lake, Labrador.
More information on the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and on the Canadian Encyclopedia.
Date of birth is approximate, February or March 1889.
John Shiwak was killed the morning of November 21, 1917 in Masnières, France. He was buried close to where he fell but his body was never recovered. He is remembered on the Beaumont-Hamel Memorial as one of the soldiers with no known grave.