September 21, 2015 The 2015 winner of the $2000.00, Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award for Social Justice Writing is B.C. writer Arno Kopecky for his article “Title Fight,” published in July/August 2O15 edition of The Walrus.
The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards were established to honour Dave Greber of Calgary, a long- time freelance writer, and they are unique in two ways: they empower working Canadian freelance writers when they most need it in their work cycle; and they give special regard to those working in the area of social justice. Excellence in writing, research and storytelling are hallmarks of the awards.
“Title Fight: How a Nation Got its Land Back" tells the story of how the Tsilhqot’in Nation of BC fought for 25 years to reclaim their land. The Supreme Court of Canada heard one of the longest and most expensive cases in Canadian history and on June 26, 2014 ruled unanimously that the Tsilhqot’in Nation held title to approximately 1,900 square kilometers of their traditional territory. This decision marked the first time that an Aboriginal group in Canada had won a title claim. Arno profiles the leaders of the Tsilhqot’in Nation; the lawyers who navigated the case through the courts and explores the complex legal issues involved.
Arno is a Vancouver based freelance writer who grew up in Edmonton, graduated from the University of Victoria and later interned at Harper’s in New York and The Walrus in Toronto. He has pursued freelance writing ever since, contributing to the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Foreign Policy, The Tyee, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Star, and Alberta Views.
Until 2010 when he came back to Canada, much of his reportage came from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Social justice moved to the center of his writing while abroad. He continues to believe human rights lie at the heart of the environmental movement whichever part of the world you happen to be in.
He has written two books since 2010.The Devil's Curve and later The Oil Man and the Sea which won the 2014 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was nominated for a 2014 Governor Generals award. Arno is now focusing on the environmental battles waged by First Nations in BC and Alberta, many of whom have suffered and continue to suffer injustices most Canadians associate with the developing world.
The Walrus launched in September 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world. The Walrus Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization publishes The Walrus and presents other important educational initiatives.
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