Wednesday 19 November 2014

2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature: winners

I'm so far behind in my award announcements but I couldn't miss this exceptional new award, inaugurated in 2013. The Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature recognizes excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit writers. The Burt Awards are a part of CODE's mandate to "support(s) literacy and learning in Canada and around the world" (Retrieved from on November 19, 2014.)

The jury process for this award is administered by the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

This year, three of the five finalists were awarded with prizes, with a First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000.

Congratulations to the following winners:


Tilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience 
by Monique Gray Smith 
Sono Nis Press


The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America 
by Thomas King 
Doubleday Canada


They Called Me Number One
by Bev Sellars 

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