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Literary Awards

CODE celebrates and encourage the production of exceptional works of culturally-relevant literature for young adults, and delivers winning titles into the hands of young readers.

The CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature

 

The CODE Burt Award, to me, is a superb example of witnessing and supporting and celebrating the Reclaiming happening now in Indigenous communities through literature. I am so grateful for all of the great work CODE is doing for the authors, publishers and communities — who are writing and publishing in indigenous languages –  it is affirming.”   – Richard Van Camp, author

Developed in partnership an advisory committee comprising the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, amongst many others, the CODE Burt Award annually recognizes excellence in young adult books written, illustrated, and/or translated by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis creators.


The awards program was established with the generous support of the late William “Bill” Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation (now Consecon Foundation)

Since 2012 we have honoured, celebrated and supported 21 Indigenous authors, who have personally engaged 1,200 indigenous youth. Winning book titles have made it into the eager hands of Indigenous youth and teachers through the distribution of 45,000 books to over 800 schools, libraries and Friendship Centers in every province and territory in Canada.

This year, in addition to the English language awards, we are pleased to announce the first ever Canadian Indigenous-language Young Adult Literature award to recognize Young Adult Literature books written in any Indigenous language. Besides being long overdue, it is also very timely since 2019 is the United Nations’ Year of Indigenous Languages.

Call For Submission

The 2019 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature is now closed. Winners will be announced at a future date.

Awarded Titles from 2018

2018 Winner Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

2018 Honour Book Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

2018 Honour Book Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

2018 Honour Book Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

Our Partners

For more information contact:

Lynn O’Rourke
Program Manager, Literary Awards & Publishing
lorourke@code.ngo
613-232-3569 or 1-800-661-2633 x 244

Burt Award Briefing

The CODE Burt Award has historically also issued awards in Africa and the Caribbean.

See Past CODE Burt Award Winning Titles here.

I cannot put into words the opportunities you have handed me in respect to using these novels in my instruction duties. Wela’lin/thank you for the priceless gift of Aboriginal Literature.” – Brenda Jeddore, Se’t A’newey School, Newfoundland and Labrador

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

Thanks to the generosity of a private foundation, your donations are not directed to fundraising costs. As a result, we’re able to allocate 94% of your donation toward our programs to promote children’s literacy.

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