Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature, to students whose area of interest is Aboriginal Literature. This award was established in 2001 by family, friends and colleagues of Wilfred Peltier, Odawa pipecarrier, who passed away in July 2000. Associated some 20 years with Carleton University, Peltier served as Elder-in-Residence in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology as well as adviser to the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture. Guardian of Anishnaabe traditions, renowned story-teller, and author of No Foreign Land and A Wiseman Speaks, Peltier guest-lectured over the years in a number of departments, including English and Psychology. He had a loyal following of faculty and students who regularly dropped in to chat and hear his words of wisdom.