Jesse Thistle, Michelle Sylliboy, and Arielle Twist are among the winners of the third annual Indigenous Voices Awards.
The announcement, made yesterday on National Indigenous Day (June 21st), came during a virtual gala hosted through the IVAs website.
Thistle's memoir From The Ashes (Simon & Schuster) took home the award for Published Prose in English, while Sylliboy and Twist tied for Published Poetry in English for their respective works Kiskajeyi—I am Ready (Rebel Mountain) and Disintegrate/Disassociate (Arsenal Pulp Press).
The awards are comprised of four published categories, the winners of each receiving a cash prize of $5000, and four remaining categories of unpublished, Indigenous language, and alternative format which carry a prize of $2000 each.
This year, winning authors were chosen by a jury that included Jordan Abel, Jeannette Armstrong, Joanne Arnott, Francis Langevin, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Pierrot Ross-Tremblay, and Richard Van Camp.
Read below for the full list of winners:
Published Prose in English
From the Ashes, Jesse Thistle (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Published Poetry in English
Kiskajeyi—I am Ready, Michelle Sylliboy (Rebel Mountain) and Disintegrate / Dissociate, Arielle Twist (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Published Prose in French
Shuni — Ce que tu dois savoir, Julie, Naomi Fontaine (Mémoire d’encrier)
Published Poetry in French
Bréviaire du matricule 082, Maya Cousineau-Mollen (Éditions Hannenorak) and Chauffer le dehors, Marie-Andrée Gill (La peuplade)
Works in an Indigenous Language
Injichaag: My Soul in Story, Rene Meshake (University of Manitoba Press) and Dakwäkãda Warriors, Cole Pauls (Conundrum Press)
Unpublished Prose in English
Excerpts from “Half-Bads in White Regalia,” Cody Caetano
Unpublished Poetry in English
“Two Little Foxes, Buttertown Beach, I Will Never be Happier,” Keely Shirt
Works in an Alternative Format
Elizabeth Dances Pow-wow, Elaine McArthur (independently published)
For more information on the Indigenous Voices Awards, visit their website.