Apr 15, 2020

By Christine Ross

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Former Stephen Harper strategist Tom Flanagan is among the five nominees for this year’s $50,000 Donner Prize for his book The Wealth of First Nations.

The public policy book makes the case that Indigenous communities need to focus on making wealth rather than taking government transfers to improve their standard of living.

The retired Calgary professor’s previous books have been criticized by Indigenous leaders for promoting the view that European civilization was more advanced than Indigenous cultures of North America at the time of colonization.

The scheduled spring awards gala for the Donner Prize has been postponed until this fall, but organizers decided to announce the nominees now.

The other finalists:

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson
Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way by Wendy Dobson
Breakdown: The Pipeline Debate and the Threat to Canada’s Future by Dennis McConaghy
The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto for the Digital Age by Richard Stursberg with Stephen Armstrong

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