Dr. Joseph Sawchuck, Brandon University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, has been nominated for a Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The nomination is for a book Dr. Sawchuck co-authored with Dr. Gerhard J. Ens a professor in the Department of History at the University of Alberta. Their book titled From New Peoples to New Nations: Aspects of Métis History and Identity from the Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries, provides a broad historical account of the Metis in North America over a period of 300 years. In doing so they investigate the political, cultural, and economic strategies communities have used to define their boundaries.
The Canada Prizes are awarded to those books which contribute to and enrich the social and cultural life of Canada. This is an annual award, with 5 nominees in the English category and 5 in the French category. Two prizes of $5,000 are awarded, one for French, and one for English. Winners will be announced on April 10th, and a ceremony will be held during the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences which will be held at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 28, April 4th, 2017.