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Fraser Institute Senior Fellow awarded prestigious Donner Prize

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Release Date: May 17, 2001
Fraser Institute Senior Fellow Tom Flanagan has been awarded the prestigious Donner Prize for his book, First Nations? Second Thoughts . The $25,000 Donner first prize is awarded for best book on Canadian public policy.

In this provocative book Flanagan argues that the current approach to aboriginal policy is both unworkable and ultimately destructive to the very people it is supposed to help. The business of treaty-making with Aboriginal tribes will clearly continue to be a major issue in Canada, and First Nations? Second Thoughts presents a unique and comprehensive analysis of aboriginal policy.

"Receiving the Donner Prize was a wonderful and unexpected honour. I hope it will lead more Canadians to read my book and join in the badly needed public debate over the direction of aboriginal policy," says Flanagan.

In addition to his role as a Senior Fellow at the Institute, Tom Flanagan is a professor of political science at the University of Calgary and has published three previous books on Louis Riel and Métis land claims.

Institute Senior Fellows F.L. Morton and Rainer Knopff were runners-up for the Donner Prize for their book, The Charter Revolution & the Court Party. Their influential book documents how the judiciary has become more activist since 1982 and the role played in this new activism by special interest groups.

"We are very proud to have scholars of the calibre of Professors Flanagan, Morton and Knopff working in the Fraser Institute's Calgary office. During the next year Tom will continue his work on first nations, and Professors Morton and Knopff will continue their research on the role of the courts in Canada's constitutional democracy," says Lydia Miljan, director of the Institute's Alberta Initiative.