Monday, November 14, 2022

Prize Watch: The Pierre Berton to Thomas King

Canada's History Society and the Governor General of Canada announce the 2022 winners of the Governor General's History Awards.

The Pierre Berton Award for History in Popular Media for 2022 is awarded to Thomas King -- a well deserved award:

A trailblazer, King moves seamlessly through genres, educating and entertaining audiences through literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as through radio, film, and television. His distinguished writing and teaching careers have inspired new generations of Indigenous authors, storytellers, and educators.

Through his writing, teaching, and advocacy, King has broken down stereotypes and centred Indigenous voices and experiences. His work is an invaluable contribution towards a deeper conversation about reconciliation and a more just and equitable future for Indigenous people in Canada.

King is the author of The Inconvenient Indian among many other works.  He is also the author of A Short History of Indians in Canada, but that is a volume of short stories. 

The other History Awards recognizes teachers and educators and also the winner of the Canadian Historical Society Award for Scholarly History, previously awarded to Benjamin Hoy.

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