The annual Canada Prize / Prix du Canada is awarded each year to important new academic works in the social sciences, one in English and one in French. According to the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the award is given to the “best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The winning books make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.”
This year, the award recognized Sebastien Malette, Michel Bouchard, and Guillaume Marcotte for their work in French Les Bois-Brûlés de l’Outaouais – Une étude ethnoculturelle des Métis de la Gatineau. This title has been translated into English as Bois-Brûlés: The Untold Story of the Métis of Western Québec by the University of British Columbia Press. Malette is a past contributor to Voyageur Heritage and is well known for a previous work with Bouchard, Songs upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific, which has been reviewed on this journal. Congratulations to Malette, Bouchard, and Marcotte for their timely and well-deserved award. This being 2020, the award has not been without controversy, which the authors have addressed in a Press Release, below. We wish them all good wishes in their continued work.