|The People's Voice Award|
Presented to an individual who unabashedly embraces social and political commentary in their creative work and public careers.
The inaugural award is presented to multi-platinum recording artist Bruce Cockburn, whose 40 year international career has consistently highlighted environmental, social, and indigenous issues. Working and performing in support of various causes, he has highlighted the work of Oxfam, the UN Summit for Climate Control, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, among others. He has toured and conducted fact-finding trips in Mozambique, Nepal, Vietnam, Baghdad, and Guatemala. He holds nine honorary doctorates and is a member of the Order of Canada.