ASPP and Canada Prizes

ASPP and Canada Prizes

Awards to Scholarly 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 policy, 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

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.

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The winners of the 2019 Canada Prizes have been announced! See the list of this year’s winners below and find out more in our media kit.

The winners were honored during the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of British Columbia. 

We celebrated the 2019 English Canada Prize winner, Allan Downey, on Tuesday, June 4 at 18:00 at the Canadian Historical Association’s prize ceremony in Buchanan – BUCH A101 on the UBC campus. In the video below, Allan Downey speaks about his book The Creator's Game: Lacrosse, Identity and Indigenous Nationhood. Read more in our blog article!


We celebrated the 2019 French Canada Prize winner, Denys Delâge, on Sunday, June 2 at 17:00 at the Gage Residence (in the Isabel MacInnes Room) on the UBC campus. In the video below, Denys Delâge speaks about his prize-winning book Le Piège de la liberté. Les peuples autochtones dans l'engrenage des régimes coloniaux. Learn more in the blog article!


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2019 Canada Prizes Winners


The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Canada Prizes. This year’s winners are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Allan Downey
The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood
UBC Press

The Creator's Game: Lacrosse, identity and Indigenous Nationhood

Jury’s citation: In The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity and Indigenous Nationhood, Dakehl scholar Allan Downey tells the fascinating story of Canada’s national game of lacrosse. Drawing on impressive historical research and interviews, Downey describes the history of competitive lacrosse from the 1860s, creatively weaving in culture, colonialism, racism, appropriation, and Indigenous perspectives and agency. Lacrosse in Downey’s book is a powerful vista for understanding the way in which Indigenous cultural practices and identities have been negotiated over many decades. This engagingly written book will have wide appeal and makes an important and valuable contribution to Canadian cultural history and social understanding in an era with hopes of reconciliation and better understanding.


Allan Downey is Dakelh, Nak’azdli Whut’en, and an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. Author of The Creator’s Game (2018), Allan is a recent recipient of a Fubright Fellowship to Columbia University where he continued to advance his research focused on the history of Indigenous nationhood, sovereignty, and self-determination. Beyond his research and teaching activities, one of Allan’s greatest passions is working with Indigenous youth and he volunteers for several Indigenous communities and youth organizations throughout the year.

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

Denys Delâge and Jean-Philippe Warren
Le Piège de la liberté. Les peuples autochtones dans l'engrenage des régimes coloniaux
Les éditions du Boréal

Le piége de la liberté

Jury’s citation: Denys Delâge and Jean-Philippe Warren’s engaging and richly documented Le Piège de la liberté offers readers a new reflection on the history of the exchanges between indigenous peoples in America and European societies through the prism of freedom. At the time of first contact between their respective worlds, what were Indigenous peoples’ and Europeans’ relationships to subjection and emancipation? Following this premise, the authors draw from a wide range of physical and conceptual elements that present different universes of meaning, such as exchange, giving, debt, commerce, market, usufruct, sin, and ownership. The spotlight placed on the intersection of these two worlds has a double meaning as it shows how modernity is constructed by limiting the ways in which power and independence are expressed while broadening the reach of colonial power. Delâge and Warren’s book is not only a historical work but a comparative sociology essay, demonstrating the full extent of this chain of events — through time, space and society — that ultimately traps all actors involved. The work provides a refreshing and original perspective that introduces important topics for reflection and dialogue.

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Denys Delâge is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Université Laval in Quebec City. He is also a member of the Société des Dix. The majority of his published work discusses the history of the major Franco- and Anglo-Amerindian alliance networks centred in Montreal between the 17th and 19th centuries, including the dynamics of conquest and alliance, hot and cold societies, animism and monotheism, the relationship to animals, cultural exchange, justice, commerce, land issues, memory and identity, and departure from colonial relations. Author of Bitter Feast: Amerindians and Europeans in Northeastern North America, 1600-64 (Le Pays renversé, Amérindiens et Européens en Amérique du Nord-Est (1600-1664)), published by Éditions du Boréal in 1985, Delâge received the Gérard-Parizeau Award in 2013 in recognition for his body of work.

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Full Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University and Concordia University Research Chair for the Study of Quebec, Jean-Philippe Warren has published over 200 academic and scientific articles. He has published widely on the history and sociology of Quebec society. His work has appeared in literary, sociology, political science, history and anthropology journals. Warren’s book Honoré Beaugrand, la plume et l’épée, published by Éditions du Boréal, received the 2015 Governor General’s Award for French non-fiction. He was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2018.


Congratulations to the winners!

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2019 Canada Prizes Finalists

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 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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2019 Canada Prizes jury

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the jury members for the 2019 Canada Prizes.

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


Chair: Eric Helleiner is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received the Trudeau Foundation Fellows Prize, the Donner Book Prize, the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Canadian Political Science Association Prize in International Relations, and the Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations. In addition to publishing over 100 journal articles and chapters, he has authored and edited eleven books, of which the most recent is Governing the World’s Biggest Market: The Politics of Derivatives Markets After the 2008 Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Stefano Pagliari and Irene Spagna. He is also presently co-editor with Jonathan Kirshner of the book series Cornell Studies in Money.


Sherrill Grace is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (and Past-President of Academy I), and a UBC University Killam Professor Emerita. Her research specialties are in Canadian literature and culture, including theatre, visual art, and film, and she has published extensively in these areas, with over 120 referred articles and 26 books. Among her publications are the two volume edition of Malcolm Lowry's letters (Sursum Corda), studies of Margaret Atwood, and a new edition of Mina Benson Hubbard's 1905 exploration narrative (A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador). She is currently writing the biography of Timothy Findley, and has published several chapters and journal articles on his work (most recently: "Timothy Findley, His Biographers, and the Piano Man's Daughter" Text Matters 8.8 [2018]: 413-29).  Dr. Grace has received several awards, including the 2008 Canada Council Killam Prize in Humanities and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she is an elected Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 


Elsbeth Heaman studied history at University of Victoria, McGill University, and the University of Toronto. She has worked at Imperial College, Queen’s University, and, since 2003, at McGill, where she is a professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies. Heaman works broadly on topics of social, political, and medical history, including, most recently, A Short History of the State in Canada (UTP 2015) and Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History, 1867-1917 (MQUP, 2017).


Blair Stonechild is Professor of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada. Dr. Stonechild is a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation. He attended Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School and Campion Collegiate, then went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree from McGill, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Regina. In 1976, Blair joined the First Nations University of Canada as its first faculty member. He has been Dean of Academics and Executive Director of Development responsible for construction of the university’s facility. Major publications include Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion (1997), The New Buffalo: Aboriginal Post-secondary Policy in Canada (2006), and the biography Buffy Sainte-Marie: It’s My Way. His latest work, The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality, which relates the teachings of Indigenous Elders was published in 2016. The Loss of Indigenous Eden and Fall of Spirituality will be published by the University of Regina Press in 2020. Blair resides in Regina with his wife and three adult children.

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


Chair: Lucie Lamarche has a PhD in International Law from the Faculty of Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles (free university of Brussels) and a Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute. She is a member of the Bar of Quebec and of the Royal Society of Canada. A professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 1982, Lucie Lamarche has also taught at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where she directed the Human Rights Research and Education Centre from 2007 to 2013 as the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights. Lucie Lamarche recently co-edited La multiplication des normes et des recours en droit du travail : quelles conséquences pour la mobilisation ? Actes de la XVIème Journée en droit social et du travail de l’UQAM (the proliferation of standards and recourse in labour law: what consequences for mobilization? acts of UQAM’s 16th seminar on social and labour laws), Thomson Reuters – Éditions Yvon Blais, 2016; Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection, Hart Publishing, 2014; and 14 Good Reasons for Human Rights Institutions in Canada, Irwin Law, 2014. 


Dominique Caouette is an Associate Professor in the Political Science department of the Université de Montréal. He coordinates the research centre for contemporary and cross-disciplinary studies on Southeast Asia known as ECTASE and the magazine Revue Possibles ( as well as the network of studies on transnational dynamics and collective action known as REDTAC. He writes about international relations—more specifically transnational networks and movements—as well as political dynamics in the Philippines and the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. He co-edited Agrarian Angst and Rural Resistance in Contemporary Southeast Asia with Sarah Turner (Routledge, 2009), followed by Solidarities Beyond Borders: Transnationalizing women’s movements (UBC, 2010) with Pascale Dufour and Dominique Masson. Most recently, he co-edited Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization (Zed Books, 2016) with Dip Kapoor.


Caroline Desbiens is a professor in the geography department at Université Laval. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Her work is on Indigenous knowledge and territories, intercultural relations and women in Northern Quebec, focusing on resource development. Her book Puissance Nord : territoire, identité et paysages de l’hydroélectricité au Québec (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2015) [Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec (UBC Press)] was a finalist for the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences. Dr. Desbiens is also editor in chief of the province's geographical journal: Les Cahiers de géographie du Québec. She has been a guest lecturer at the universities of Bergamo (Italy, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and Bordeaux (France, 2016) as well as a Commissioner of the Commission de toponymie du Québec from 2011 to 2017. 


Alex Gagnon has a PhD in French literature from the Université de Montréal and has lectured there. He completed postdoctoral training at UQÀM/Paris 1 Sorbonne, and is currently doing a second postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University. His book La communauté du dehors. Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec (XIXe - XXe siècle) (the outlier community – collective imagination and famous crimes in 19th- and 20th-century Quebec), based on his dissertation, was awarded the 2018 Canada Prize for humanities and social sciences. It has also received five other honours, including the Gabrielle-Roy and Jean-Éthier-Blais awards. In 2017 Alex Gagnon published a collection of essays on contemporary society and culture with Del Busso, titled Nouvelles obscurités : Lectures du contemporain (new darknesses: contemporary reading), which was awarded the Alphonse-Desjardins prize.

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