Indigenous Literature Awards

Honoured for Indigenous Literature

Indigenous Literature Awards

Two Tidewater Press authors have been honoured by prestigious awards’ bodies.

Joseph Kakwinokanasum, for his debut novel My Indian Summer,  was the winner of the First Nation Communities Read Awards in the Young Adult/Fiction, 2023-24. First Nation Communities READ (FNCR) is the Ontario First Nation Public Library Community’s contribution to the reading movement. Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from the Ontario Library Service, it promotes a community-based approach to reading. FNCR celebrates the very best of Indigenous literature across Turtle Island. The program encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling as well as intergenerational knowledge transmission. FNCR also helps to increase awareness of the importance of First Nation, Metis and Inuit writing, illustration and publishing. With the award comes the PMC Indigenous Literature Award, sponsored by the Periodical Marketers of Canada.

Jenn Ashton, author of People Like Frank and Other Stories from the Edge of Normal, was a finalist for the 2021 Indigenous Voices Awards in the Fiction category for her short story collection, People Like Frank and Other Stories from the Edge of Normal.

The IVAs were established in 2017 to support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada. The Indigenous Voices Awards aim to support Indigenous literary production in its diversity and complexity. The awards honour the sovereignty of Indigenous creative voices and reject cultural appropriation; to be eligible for the Indigenous Voices Awards, authors must be Indigenous and must make a declaration of Indigenous identity. The awards are intended to support Indigenous artistic communities and to resist the individualism of prize culture. As such, the IVA Board will endeavour to create opportunities for mentorship, professionalization, and creative collaboration among applicants, jurors, and other members of the Indigenous artistic community when possible.