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Richard Wagamese Wins the Inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature

Richard Wagamese Wins the Inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature

October 2013

Kamloops author Richard Wagamese has won the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. His novel, Indian Horse, was awarded first prize, worth $12,000.

Established by CODE in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award recognizes outstanding literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.

Indian Horse tells the moving story of Saul Indian Horse, who embarks on a marvelous journey of imagination back through the life he led as a northern Ojibway, with all its sorrows and joys. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when hes sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.

Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He is the author of many award-winning books and was the 2012 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communications and most recently, the 2013 recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts. Indian Horse was selected for CBCs Canada Reads program in 2013 and also won the First Nation Communities Read award for 2013-14.

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