Thomas King

Recipient of the 2022 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award

November 14, 2022

Guelph, Ontario

Thomas King is a bestselling and award-winning writer whose work has brought Indigenous concerns to the forefront of Canadian society and challenged readers to re-examine Western approaches to history.

Through his signature humour and masterful storytelling, King draws readers into difficult conversations related to colonization, racism, environmental degradation, and historical and ongoing injustices against Indigenous people in North America. The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, one of his best-known works, uses fierce intelligence and razor-sharp wit to expose the centuries-long efforts to undermine Indigeneity itself in an effort to justify the theft of Indigenous land and the erasure of Indigenous cultures, languages, histories, and identities.

A trailblazer, King moves seamlessly through genres, educating and entertaining audiences through literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as through radio, film, and television. His distinguished writing and teaching careers have inspired new generations of Indigenous authors, storytellers, and educators.

Through his writing, teaching, and advocacy, King has broken down stereotypes and centred Indigenous voices and experiences. His work is an invaluable contribution towards a deeper conversation about reconciliation and a more just and equitable future for Indigenous people in Canada.

More from Thomas King

The Inconvenient Indian

Book Review: Thomas King is far more than a good writer, storyteller, and academic. He has a dazzling intelligence that quickly sees through so many of the “accepted” truths people are repeatedly fed by the media, and he skewers these with delightful humour and self-deprecation.