The winners of the fifth annual Indigenous Voices Awards were announced on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.
The awards were launched in 2017 t0 support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers. The amount of the awards is determined each year by the IVA board.
This year’s winners are:
$5,000 prize for published prose in English
$5,000 for published poetry in English
- Selina Boan (white settler/nehiyaw), Undoing Hours (Harbour Publishing)
$5,000 for published work in French
$5,000 for published graphic novels, comics, and illustrated books
$5,000 for published work in an Indigenous language
- Brittany Luby (Anishinaabe) with Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Stecklyey, ill.; Alvin Ted Corbiere and Alan Corbiere, trans., Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know (House of Anansi Press)
$2,000 for unpublished prose in English
- Leslie Butt (Innu), “Tanked”
$2,000 for unpublished poetry in English
- Meghan Eaker (Woodland Cree First Nation) “mistahi maskikiy”
The winners were selected from 23 works shortlisted for this year’s awards.
This year’s shortlisted and winning titles were selected by a jury comprised of Jordan Abel, Joanne Arnott, Carleigh Baker, Warren Cariou, J.D. Kurtness, Francis Langevin, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek, Eden Robinson, June Scudeler, Richard Van Camp, and Eldon Yellowhorn.
The awards are administered by co-chairs Dr. Deanna Reder and Dr. Sophie McCall of Simon Fraser University.