The CODE/BURT awards were handed out on Wednesday November 28th in the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi. The awards celebrate Indigenous YA Literature. 2500 copies of each book will be distributed to Indigenous students throughout Canada.
Cherie Dimaline won for her book The Marrow Thieves. (Psst – if you are a member of the Ontario OverDrive collection, you can check it out!)
Honourable Books were Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones and The Journey Forward; A Novella on Reconciliation by both Richard Van Camp and Monique Gray Smith.
This year marks the first year the jury included a youth juror. Eden Gepner-Bourgeois, a young Metis man from Toronto enjoyed participating on the jury.
“I was looking for stories that really sucked me in. Stories that kept me captivated. You don’t know how many hours of sleep I lost reading these books!” – Eden Gepner-Bourgeois
Over 200 high school students from Kitigan Zibi, surrounding communities, and Ottawa attended the celebration. Students all received the winning books and had the chance to participate in workshops with each of the authors.