First Nation Communities Read has named B.C.-born writer, actor, and radio personality Darrell Dennis winner of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.
Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth About Lies About Indians (Douglas & McIntyre), in which Dennis tackles misconceptions about First Nations people in Canada with personal anecdotes, history, and humour, will also serve as the official selected title of FNCR 2015–2016.
The prize jury, comprising librarians from Ontario’s First Nation public libraries, says in a press release:
“The book is an important one that dispels myths and untruths about Aboriginal people in Canada today and sets the record straight. The author tackles such complicated issues such as religion, treaties, and residential schools with knowledge, tact, and humour, leaving readers with a greater understanding of our complex Canadian history.”
Dennis will be presented with the award during the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square on June 24.