Announcing the Winner of the 2021 Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature
The winner of this year’s Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature is Sarah Henzi for her essay “‘And Whom We Have Become’: Indigenous Women’s Narratives of Redress in Quebec,” published in the special issue on “Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress” (46.2).
The judges said:
This article insists that literary and artistic actions address violence against Indigenous women in Quebec – they generate change and “call for respectful and critical engagement, witnessing, and accountability.” Sarah Henzi speaks powerfully of the role of literary arts in our tormented society.
Elegantly written, meticulously researched, and movingly framed in both words and images, Sarah Henzi’s article reaches beyond recent headlines to articulate with passionate engagement the ways literary and multidisciplinary artists in Quebec have responded to the tragedies of missing, murdered, and mistreated Indigenous women. It makes a memorable contribution to an outstanding special issue on Indigenous literary arts of redress.
The winning article was chosen from among the essays that appear in SCL/ÉLC's two issues published in 2021. The prize has a value of $500.