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Indigenous studies and history professor wins 2019 Canada Prize

Allan Downey, an associate professor of Indigenous studies and history, has won this year’s English-language Canada Prize for his book The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity and Indigenous Nationhood.

Downey, who grew up in Waterloo and is Dakelh from Nak’azdli Whut’en, a community in central British Columbia, says the prize really isn’t about him.

“So many Indigenous knowledge holders, elders and community members worked with me and contributed to the book,” he says. “It’s their knowledge, their expertise, their experience, their brilliance that shines throughout the work. I’m absolutely indebted to them.”

Read more about Alan Downey on the McMaster Daily News.