First Nation Communities Read (FNCR) and Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) have announced jointly that Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians, by Darrell Dennis and published by Douglas & McIntyre, is the selected title of FNCR 2015-2016 and the recipient of this year’s PMC $5000 Aboriginal Literature Award.
The Aboriginal Literature Award, inspired by the goals of the FNCR program, recognizes the work of the creators of outstanding Aboriginal literature and supports the objectives of PMC’s Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL). The annual award of $5,000 is provided through a FACL funding commitment. PMC, with FNCR jurors on hand, will present the award to Darrell Dennis at 3:30 pm on Wednesday June 24th, at the National Aboriginal Day celebrations held at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario.
A jury of librarians from First Nation public libraries in Ontario, with coordination support from Southern Ontario Library Service, selected Peace Pipe Dreams from more than 19 titles submitted by Canadian publishers. An announcement of five short-list contenders preceded the selection decision. In arriving at its selection decision, the jury agreed that 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.
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