A New Beginning by Dwight Simon
2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist
Dwight Simon has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for A New Beginning.
The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 24. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1.
"My vision, prior to becoming a teenager, has been a concern throughout my entire life. Asked God why my life was so difficult; then, just like my own thoughts, 'I am going to make you like a bishop.' Blessed with gifts of discernment and mechanical technology; life has had its extremes. An altruistic worker bee, self description, searching for my indigenous cultural identity. Acquired a wide variety of survival skills, employment experiences and a sound formal education, plus extensive personal research."
Entry in five-ish words
"An adventure into the past."
The story's source of inspiration
"A part of my destiny."
A reflection of dramatic change: Diagnosed by the community elder as a "No good city Indian," and nothing, but a chronic alcoholic. Recovery required the better part of 10 years, after which I would bear the brunt of community jealousy, because of my education.
Summer Beaver Ont., 40 years ago, a remote Indigenous fly-in community, located 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, a resettled community. My wife said, her dad needs help moving his big canoe to Bear Stick Lake. Wow, what an opportunity. Born: Port Huron Mich., Sarnia Indian Reserve, my home, a city Indian, and here I am, in the middle of nowhere.
The winner of the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.