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Sanderson (Amo Binashii)

Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) is Beaver Clan, from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. He is a Fulbright Scholar, and holds the Prichard Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Professor Sanderson has served as senior Advisor to the government of Ontario, in the offices of the Attorney General and Aboriginal Affairs. He lives in Toronto. 

Award History

2023 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation

Jury Citation

“As Canada grapples with a difficult history of residential schools and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, Andrew StoboSniderman and Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) tell a moving story that educatesand provides potential paths to reconciliation. Valley of the Birdtail not only elicits empathy, but also moves us to action, shedding a shining light on our individual responsibility to respect each other’s humanity. This is a masterfully written and accessible book which will resonate well beyond Canada as we work toward policies that create a better future for all.”

— 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Terri E. Givens, Nik Nanos, and Jacques Poitras)