A retired Queen’s University professor has won $50,000 after his book was named the top public policy book in Canada on Wednesday evening.
Thomas J. Courchene was awarded the Donner Prize for Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada at a ceremony in Toronto.
Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens, according to the Donner Prize website, “lays out the historical, legal, and socioeconomic context for Indigenous policy formation in Canada and, drawing on this background, makes a proposal (the Commonwealth of Sovereign Indigenous Nations) to catalyze debate.”
It is Courchene’s second Donner Prize win. He also won the inaugural prize back in 1998 for From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario, which he wrote with Colin Telmer.
Courchene, who has written more than 60 books, taught in the department of economics and school of policy studies at Queen’s until he retired in 2012.
In 1999, Courchene was named the recipient of the Molson Prize for lifetime achievement in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada.
— The Whig-Standard