Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 12, 2008 16:44 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2008) -

Congratulations to Joseph Boyden on winning this year's prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize in recognition of his powerful second novel Through Black Spruce.

Mr. Boyden's work, which focuses on the experiences and traditions of Canada's First Nations, eloquently describes this country's northern landscape and reflects a significant part of our rich cultural heritage.

As a Giller Prize winner, Mr. Boyden joins a group of widely read authors who are at the forefront of great Canadian literature. His work and success will no doubt inspire young Canadians of Aboriginal background to tell their stories.

As well, I want to extend my congratulations and best wishes to the other 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists: Rawi Hage for Cockroach, Marina Endicott for Good to a Fault, Mary Swan for The Boys in the Trees, and Anthony De Sa for Barnacle Love.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Jack Rabinovitch and Scotiabank on their efforts to recognize and promote outstanding Canadian authors.

Contact Information

  • Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788