2018’s PMC Indigenous Literature Award Winners are Presented Their Awards at Ceremony

On June 25th, the winner’s of the PMC Indigenous Literature Award were presented their awards in a ceremony in downtown Toronto. TNG President, Peter Olson, had the pleasure of presenting the awards.

Peter Olson of PMC congratulates 2018 PMC Indigenous Literature Award Winners Tanya Talaga (fourth from left) and Joanne Robertson (second from right).

Peter Olson of PMC is flanked by 2018 PMC Indigenous Literature Award Winners Tanya Talaga (to his left) and Joanne Robertson (to his right) and members of this year’s judging panel.
One of the Award winners Author-Illustrator, Joanne Robertson, was featured in an article by SooToday.com. Click here to read this interesting article.

elected Titles for the Indigenous Literature Award Announced

Toronto June 12, 2018
– First Nation Communities READ 2018-2019 announces the selected titles in the Children’s and YA/Adult Categories.  Chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, these titles represent the best of Indigenous literature.  The selected titles’ authors will be presented with the Periodical Marketers of Canada Indigenous Literature Award on June 27th in Toronto at Yonge/Dundas Square as part of National Indigenous History Month celebrations.  The Indigenous Literature Award comes with a prize of $3000 for each author.
Children’s Category Selected Title

The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson
Published by Second Story Press
The story of a determined Ojibwe Grandmother (Nokomis) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water).
Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.
Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She continues to help water walkers through live GPS spotting to make sure the water is safe on their journeys. Joanne lives near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Young Adult/Adult Selected Title
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
Published by House of Anansi Press
This is the story about seven Indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The students were far away from home, forced to attend school in the northern city and were ultimately found dead in the region.
Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years. Tanya is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. Tanya lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.
Click here to read the official press release.