AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published April 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: Atlantic Books Today
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Location: Atlantic Canada
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

With the occasion of Canada's 150th birthday, publishers produced 6 books relevant to Atlantic Canada and confederation, and another 3 focusing on Indigenous history, creating an interesting contrast relevant to national controversy regarding the sesquicentennial. For our Spring 2017 issue, we included 2 feature stories, one on the contentious nature of confederation in this region, and another looking at the much longer and very different Indigenous history of Mi'kma'ki. We hired cartoonist Michael de Adder to create a cover bringing these two stories together and he illustrated a brilliant image concretizing this concept in the form of a history book comparing the length of the different histories, yet relegating (as Canada has been accused of doing) Indigenous history to the back, making it a non-priority.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Our magazine consists of a small staff of part-timers, including a managing editor who relies on the region's many talented freelancers for content. The 2 features relevant to the cover were written by a UNB historian, Margaret Conrad, and the Nova Scotia Museum's curator of ethnology, Roger Lewis. We also hired Michael de Adder to draw the image. Our designer brought it together on the cover.

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