ASPP and Canada Prizes

ASPP and Canada Prizes

Awards to Scholaraly Publications Program

The Federation is the administrator of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books. Under the program’s mandate to support books of advanced scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that make an important contribution to knowledge, the ASPP contributes 1.5 million dollars to the dissemination of Canadian research annually and has supported the publication of over 7,000 books.

The Federation supports Open Access and has established a policy to actively promote and facilitate Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books. The poilcy, adopted as of April 1, 2015, is based on the following principles:

  • The Federation supports Open Access; and
  • A dynamic Canadian scholarly publishing sector continues to be of utmost importance to the dissemination of Canadian research.

The policy states that the Federation will actively promote and facilitate Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books.

Canada Prizes

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The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The winning books make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

Beginning in 2017, two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded annually:

  • Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

2017 Canada Prizes

Latest news
Jury members
Changes for 2017

Latest news

The winners of the 2017 Canada Prizes have been announced! See the list of this year’s winners below. Find out more in our media release, media kit and on our blog.

The winners will be honored during the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University at a special event on the afternoon of Sunday, May 28. This event will be open to the public. Click here for more details.

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2017 Canada Prizes Winners

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Canada Prizes. This year’s winners are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Arthur J. Ray
Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History
McGill-Queen's University Press

Jury’s citation: Arthur J. Ray’s masterful study is based on three decades of experience in academic research and in courtrooms as an expert witness in the litigation of aboriginal rights and treaty claims in Canada. Contrasting native peoples’ forms of transmitting history with that of academic disciplines like Law, History, and Archaeology, his work illustrates the profound discord between historical evidence based on robust oral traditions and that grounded in the documentary records of European societies. With examples drawn from five countries with colonial pasts, he shows how the practises of adversarial courtrooms and other legal forums have shaped the construction of historical knowledge and the writing of national histories. In proposing Arthur J. Ray for the Canada Prize, the jury evaluated Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History as ‘an exceptional contribution to international scholarship’.

Arthur J. Ray, Professor Emeritus, UBC, is an historical geographer who writes extensively about native people, aboriginal claims, and the Canadian fur trade. His recent publications include: Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History (2016), Telling It To the Judge (2011), An Illustrated History of Canada’s Native People (4th edition 2016). For over twenty-five years he also served as an expert witness in First Nations land and treaty rights cases and Métis rights litigation, including the landmark cases of Horseman v. the Regina (1990), (treaty rights), Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, (1997) (aboriginal title), and Regina v. Powley (2003) (Métis rights). Photo credit: Michelle Blackwell.

Read more about this book on our blog.


Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

Mylène Bédard
Écrire en temps d'insurrections : Pratiques épistolaires et usages de la presse chez les femmes patriotes (1830-1840)
Presses de l’Université de Montréal

Jury’s citation: Written in a highly accessible style, Écrire en temps d’insurrections examines the epistolary practices of patriot women in Lower Canada between 1830 and 1840. Mylène Bédard’s fascinating analysis of previously untapped sources recognizes the role of women during a turbulent period in Canadian history. The new insights recast the official historical narrative, which mainly centres around male figures in the patriot and reform movement. This engaging, well-researched book will appeal not only to specialists, but to Canadian history buffs of all stripes.

Mylène Bédard is an assistant professor at the Department of Literature, Theatre and Cinema of Laval University. She is a member of CRILCQ (Interuniversity Research Centre for Quebec Literature and Culture) and of the “Literary Life in Quebec” team. She collaborated with Marie-Andrée Beaudet on a collective work titled Relire le XIXe siècle québécois à travers ses discours épistolaires, recently published by Les éditions Nota bene. In 2016, a reworked version of her doctoral thesis was published by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal under the title Écrire en temps d’insurrections : pratiques épistolaires et usages de la presse chez les femmes patriotes (1830-1840). Her work in Quebec literary and cultural history focusses on the literary practices of women, including their personal writings as well as published material. 

Read more about this book on our blog.

Congratulations to the winners!

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2017 Canada Prizes Finalists

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Canada Prizes. 

This year’s finalists are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

Congratulations to all the finalists!

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2017 Canada Prizes jury

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the jury members for the 2017 Canada Prizes.

Jury members for the Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Chair: David E. Smith, OC, FRSC, is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University and Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan. He taught in the Department of Political Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, from 1964 until 2004, and is a previous President of the Canadian Political Science Association. His publications include a trilogy of works on each of the parts of Parliament, as well as books on political parties, the constitution, and federalism. The People's House of Commons: Theories of Democracy in Contention (University of Toronto Press) won the Donner Prize for best book in Canadian public policy in 2007. His most recent book, Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics (2013) won the Canada Prize in Social Sciences in 2014.

Brian Young is James McGill Professor of Canadian History (emeritus) at McGill University. He is a founding member of the Montreal History Group and is an active member of the Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises (CIEQ). With interests across scholarship, the teaching of history, and its vulgarisation, he has served on the boards of Canada's History Society, the McCord Museum of Canadian History, le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), l’Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française, and the Canadian Historical Association. He was a founding editor of the McGill-Queen's University Press series Studies on the History of Quebec / Études d'histoire du Québec. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he has twice won the Prix Lionel-Groulx, awarded annually for the best work on French America. Other awards include a Killam Research Fellowship, le Prix Gérard Parizeau, and the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies (2010). His recent book, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec The Taschereaus and McCords, was awarded the Federation’s 2016 Canada Prize in the Humanities. 

Patricia Demers researches and teaches in the areas of early modern women's writing; Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; 17th-century poetry;18th-century novels; biblical literature; children's literature; and contemporary women's writing. She was awarded the University Cup in 2005 and the CAUT Sarah Shorten Award in 2008. She has served as Department Chair (1995-98) and Vice-President of SSHRC (1998-2002); she is the Past President of The Royal Society of Canada (2005-07). She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

Recent publications include The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country: A Facsimile Edition and Translation of a Prayer Book in Cree Syllabics (ed. and co-trans, 2010), Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West (ed., 2013), and an annotated edition of Lady Anne Cooke Bacon's Translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae (2016). She chaired the Royal Society expert panel and its subsequent report, The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory (2014).


Kathleen E. Mahoney QC, has a JD degree from the University of British Columbia, an LLM degree from Cambridge University. She has been a professor at the University of Calgary faculty of law for more than three decades. She was the Chief Negotiator for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples claim for cultural genocide against Canada, achieving the historic Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the largest financial settlement in Canadian history. She was the primary architect of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and led the negotiations for the historic apology from the Canadian Parliament and from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. She was counsel for Bosnia Herzegovina in their genocide action against Serbia in the International Court of Justice with the result that in subsequent legal proceedings the definition of genocide was interpreted to include mass rapes and force pregnancy as genocide offences. Among her many awards and distinctions, Professor Mahoney is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Queen’s Counsel, a Trudeau Fellow, and a Fulbright and Human Rights Fellow (Harvard). She received the Governor General’s medal for her contribution for establishing equality in Canada.

Jury members for the Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales 






Chair: Pierre Anctil is a full professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches contemporary Canadian history. He was awarded the 2014 Prix du Canada en sciences humaines for Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896–1954) : un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (PUL, 2012). He has written numerous books on the Jewish experience in Quebec, including Les Juifs de Québec, 400 ans d'histoire (PUQ, 2015) with co-author Simon Jacobs.

Caroline Caron is an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is interested in the civic uses of participatory media, gender relations in the media and digital public spaces, and social science research methods. Her current research, which is supported by the SSHRC and FRQSC, deals with Canadian youth activism on YouTube and online sexism and misogyny. She completed a master’s degree in public communications at Université Laval (2003), a PhD in Communication at Concordia University (2009) and postdoctoral training at the University of Ottawa Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies (2011). Her articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as Lien social et Politiques, the Canadian Review of SociologyCommunication and the Journal of Youth Studies. Her book Vues, mais non entendues : Les adolescentes québécoises et l’hypersexualisation (PUL, 2014) received the 2016 Prix du Canada en sciences sociales. Drawn from her PhD thesis, this research previously received support from the SSHRC and Trudeau Foundation doctoral award programs.

Ryoa Chung is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Université de Montréal. She was a visiting doctoral student at the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/St-Cloud (Paris, 1997), completed her PhD in Philosophy at Université de Montréal (2001), and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her fields of research are ethics in international relations and applied political philosophy, particularly in the field of health. She is also interested in feminist perspectives with a view to better integrating them into international ethics. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the Critical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyPublic Health Ethics and in collective works such as Bioethics in Canada (under the co-direction of C. Weijer, A. Skelton and S. Brennan, Oxford University Press, 2013). She co-edited the book Éthique des relations internationales (Presses universitaires de France, 2013) with Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer.

Frédérick Guillaume Dufour is a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology at Université du Québec à Montréal. He specializes in political and historical sociology. His interests include comparative studies of nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic practices, as well as the political dimensions of memorial practices in Canada and Germany. His latest book is La sociologie historique : traditions, trajectoires et débats (PUQ, 2015).


Changes for 2017

The Federation is pleased to announce changes to the Canada Prizes in 2017. Having just celebrated the 25th anniversary of these prestigious prizes, the number of prizes will change from four to two, and the value of each prize will double.

In 2017, two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded:

  • Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

“These changes are a reflection of the inherent interdisciplinarity of the humanities and social sciences and will support the cross-pollination between our disciplines that is integral to understanding who we are as a society,” said Stephen J. Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The juries were announced in January and a long list will be shared publicly in early 2017. The finalists and winners will be announced in spring 2017, and an awards ceremony will be held during the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University on May 28, 2017.


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