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Inuk author shortlisted for $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen writing award – Nunatsiaq News

Mar 30, 2023

Norma Dunning’s book on Inuit disc identification system up for political writing prize

Inuk author Norma Dunning is in the running for a $25,000 political writing prize.

Dunning’s 2022 book, Kinauvit? What’s Your Name? The Eskimo Disc System and a Daughter’s Search for her Grandmother, has been shortlisted for the 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Established in honour of the late MP from Windsor, Ont., the award is given annually to an exceptional book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers.

Part history book and part memoir, Dunning’s book compiles years of research into what was known as the “Eskimo Identification Tag System,” a little-known identification system for Inuit that began in 1941 as a way for the federal government to keep track of Inuit in the North through digits on physical discs.

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