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Rules and Criteria

Pierre BertonThe Pierre Berton Award celebrates those who have brought Canadian history to a wider audience. The recipient(s) will receive a medal and a $5,000 cash prize at a special award presentation.

Canada's History established this award in 1994 for distinguished achievement in presenting Canadian history in an informative and engaging manner. Canadian writer and popular historian, Pierre Berton, was the first recipient and agreed to lend his name to future awards. The award continues to honour those who, like the award's namesake, have introduced Canadian characters and events of the past to the national and international public.


Eligibility

Eligible nominees are individuals or organizations that have helped popularize Canadian history with the written word through such means as publications, film, radio, television, theatre, voluntarism or the web.

  • The nominee’s work must be of a national stature, and be publicly available to Canadian consumers in English or in French
  • The work must be about actual people and events in Canadian history, or composites of events known to have happened.
  • Nominees are considered on the basis of the quality of their research and their writing, and the overall contribution and impact of their work to fostering a better understanding of our past.
  • Posthumous nominations will not be considered.
  • Past Recipients will not be considered for a second nomination.
  • Individual nominations will not be considered more than three times.
  • Current Members of the Board and Advisory Council, Employees, and their immediate family will not be eligible.
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