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2021 Lecture Details

Speaker: Professor Emeritus Bill Waiser, University of Saskatchewan
Topic:      From Resistance to Reconciliation
Dates:     November 16-18, 2021
Time:      2:30 p.m. Great Hall, Somerville House Rm 3326

Nov 16      The White Man Governs

Nov 17      Almighty Voice: The Outlaw Indian

Nov 18      The Road to Truth and Reconciliation

From Resistance to Reconciliation will examine the history of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Saskatchewan from the late nineteenth century to the present through the life and legacy of Almighty Voice. A Willow Cree born two years before the signing of Treaty Six in 1876, Almighty Voice experienced the 1885 North-West Rebellion as an adolescent and came of age during the years of starvation and deprivation on the One Arrow reserve in the late 1880s and early 1890s. The twenty-one-year-old became Canada’s most wanted “Indian outlaw” when he killed a North-West Mounted Policeman in October 1895. The Almighty Voice story—and how it has been told—speaks directly to the need to confront some hard truths about Canada’s colonial past, in particular how racism informed Canada’s relationship with its treaty partners and shaped its Indian policies. Almighty Voice was a galvanizing figure in Native-newcomers relations. Understanding why he mattered has a direct bearing on reconciliation efforts today.

About our 2021 Speaker: Bill Waiser

Bill Waiser is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan.  He is the author of more than a dozen books, including A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan before 1905, winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.  He personally presented a copy of his award-winning Saskatchewan: A New History to Queen Elizabeth II at a private ceremony in 2005.  One reviewer of his work in the Globe & Mail claimed that “Saskatchewan has found its historian.”

Professor Waiser has been appointed to the Order of Canada, named to the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and granted a D.Litt.  Most recently, he was presented with the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (the Pierre Berton Award) and the Royal Society of Canada’s Tyrrell Medal for outstanding work in Canadian History.

Waiser lives in Saskatoon with his bride Marley, a retired Environment Canada research scientist.  He is a recreational runner who also likes to hike, canoe, and garden.

About the Joanne Goodman Lecture Series

Presented by the Department of History

Every autumn a distinguished historian is invited to Western University to deliver three public lectures on consecutive afternoons to students, faculty and members of the London community. The lecture series was established in 1975 by the Honourable Edwin A. Goodman and his family of Toronto to perpetuate the memory of their beloved elder daughter, a second year History student who died in a highway accident in April of that year.

The theme of the series is the history of the Atlantic Triangle (Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom). The first lectures were given in 1976 by the leading Canadian military historian, Colonel Charles Stacey, on 'Mackenzie King and the Atlantic Triangle'. Occasionally there have been lectures outside the general framework. In 1995, for example, the topic was 'The Birth of the "New" South Africa', tracing the collapse of apartheid and the construction of a new political and social system since 1990, by Rodney Davenport, a South African historian and opponent of apartheid.

The endowment also supports publication so that these important lectures may be shared by a readership well beyond the immediate audience at Western University. Most of the lectures have been published as books, either in a form similar to lectures or as part of a larger work. The lectures are widely recognized as being the most important history lecture series in Canada. The invitation to deliver them and the publications that result are highly regarded in this country and around the world.

Past Speakers

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