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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

The 5th annual Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature Award Ceremony

 

On November 23, we’ll be at the amiskwaciy Academy to celebrate Indigenous stories and writers with presentations, readings, giveaways, and special guests. Our special guests will include authors Aviaq Johnston and Susan Currie, along with Sarah MacLachlan representing Katherena Vermette whose books are shortlisted for the 2017 CODE's Burt Award for Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis for Young Adult Literature. We are also honoured to have Ian Campeau, our #ReadWithMe champion and founding member of A Tribe Called Red join in the fun. Besides the award ceremony, the readings, and the student presentations, the authors will also be offering a creative writing workshop in the afternoon.

The next day, the authors will be visiting other schools and community centres including Glen Rose Hospital High School, the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and Kennedale High School at the Edmonton Correctional Facility.

And then on Saturday, November 25 from 2:00–3:00 P.M. the authors will be giving a public reading at Audreys Books. All are welcome to stop by, meet the authors and get a book signed.

“CODE is delighted to once again recognize works of excellence by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis book creators,” said CODE Executive Director, Scott Walter. “Katherena Vemette’s beautifully and powerfully written book captures the love and struggles between family members in a modern Indigenous community, Susan Currie weaves themes of class, race, culture, family and friendship into an outstanding story, and Aviaq Johnston takes us on a young Inuit hero’s journey to spiritual and physical strength as he makes his way through the Arctic wilderness. These are rich, compelling stories that CODE is proud to see honoured, but even more satisfying is the knowledge that through our guaranteed purchase they will be made all the more accessible to Indigenous youth, right across the nation.”

In collaboration with the Literary Prizes Foundation, CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature is given annually to English-language literary works by First Nations, Inuit or Métis authors in Canada. At the heart of the Burt Award is a desire to give Indigenous youth compelling, meaningful stories, which reflect their culture and identities. Stories with which young readers can connect because the characters, backdrops, and events are created by writers and illustrators who know their world. Every book these talented authors produce enriches the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis literary landscape in Canada.

CODE’s Burt Award is the result of a close collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, Frontier College, GoodMinds, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Canada Council for the Arts

CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature is a Canadian literary award and readership initiative that recognizes excellence in Indigenous-authored literature for young adults (ages 12-18). The award is a cash prize (the winner receives $12,000, and each of the honour books receives $2,000.00) given annually to three English-language literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis authors. Publishers of the winning titles are also awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,500 copies of each title. These books are then distributed for free to schools, libraries, community centres, and friendships centres across Canada. The distribution program ensures that Indigenous young people across Canada have access to great reading material.

Complete Burt Award background and detailed information pdf

For more information contact:
Lynn O’Rourke
Program Manager, Literary Awards & Publishing
lorourke@code.ngo
613-232-3569 or 1-800-661-2633 x 244

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