Book by local publisher encompassing lacrosse wins 2021 Indie Book Award

ONTARIO — On May 15, it was announced that the Ontario Native literacy Coalition (ONLC), had earned accolade in several categories at the 2021 Indie Book Awards, the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers.

The accumulative work “Akhwatsirehkó:wa My Big Family- Our Game, Our Experience, Our Way,” features a historical record of lacrosse, it’s players and it’s game carriers, and was awarded the award for the Mind, Body and Spirit Category.

Published by Turtle’s Back Publishing, the book features interviews with key names in the game today, lacrosse stick makers, and more throughout its beautifully illustrated bindings.

“Our publication Akhwatsirehkó:wa My Big Family- Our Game, Our Experience, Our Way was just awarded the Winner for the 2021 Indie Book Awards in the Mind, Body and Spirit Category. The Largest International Book Awards for Indie Authors and Publishers.

Thank you to our incredible writers Brennor Jacobs and Brendan Bomberry for your dedication and passion to this publication and to the medicine game, as well as all our illustrators Arnold Jacobs, Bill Powless and Artie Martin Jr., and to all our contributors of the book, Mohawk translators, and of course our extraordinary team at Turtle’s Back Publishing, a division of the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition,” wrote the ONLC to their Facebook page.

Jacobs is a well decorated lacrosse goalie and Bomberry is a well known NLL lacrosse forward.

Located in Ohsweken Ontario, the ONLC is a non-profit, charitable organization, one of four provincial umbrella organizations funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development. Incorporated since 1988, and operating under the guidance of an elected Board of Directors, the ONLC is a provincial networking and field development organization supporting and serving Native Stream Literacy Service Providers and learners in Ontario.

The ONLC is also presently seeking manuscripts in the following genres:
Graphic Novels, Playwrights, Poetry, Short stories (nonfiction/fiction), and Nonfiction/fiction.

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