REGINA – Saskatchewan historian Bill Waiser will be in Regina on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at a book signing for his newly released book, A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905. The book signing will take place at the RCMP Heritage Centre.
A World We Have Lost (Fifth House Publishers, Markham) complements Waiser’s award-winning centennial of the province, Saskatchewan: A New History. That book received critical acclaim. One reviewer noted, “Saskatchewan has found its historian.”
BILL WAISER BOOK SIGNING
DATE: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
TIME: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
After the signing, visitors can take in the free RCMP Sunset-Retreat Ceremonies at RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division.
The RCMP Heritage Centre’s Gift Shop is the exclusive retailer for the book in Regina. The book can also be purchased online via McNally Robinson Booksellers.
About A World We Have Lost
A World We Have Lost examines the early history of Saskatchewan through an Aboriginal and environmental lens. Indian and mixed–descent peoples played leading roles in the story-as did the land and climate. Despite the growing British and Canadian presence, the Saskatchewan country remained Aboriginal territory. The region’s peoples had their own interests and needs and the fur trade was often peripheral to their lives. Indians and Metis peoples wrangled over territory and resources, especially bison, and were not prepared to let outsiders control their lives, let alone decide their future. Native–newcomer interactions were consequently fraught with misunderstandings, sometimes painful difficulties, if not outright disputes.
By the early nineteenth century, a distinctive western society had emerged in the North–West-one that was challenged and undermined by the takeover of the region by young dominion of Canada. Settlement and development was to be rooted in the best features of Anglo–Canadian civilization, including the white race. By the time Saskatchewan entered confederation as a province in 1905, the world that Kelsey had encountered during his historic walk on the northern prairies had become a world we have lost.
A World We Have Lost also covers the formation of the North-West Mounted Police, the predecessor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
About Bill Waiser
Author and historian Bill Waiser specializes in western Canadian history. He has published over a dozen books–many of them recognized by various awards, including a shortlist nomination for the 1997 Governor General’s literary award for non-fiction. Bill is a frequent public speaker and contributor to radio, television and print media. Bill retired from his position as a history professor with the University of Saskatchewan after 33 years in 2014. He has also served on a number of national, provincial, and local boards. Bill has been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, named a distinguished university professor, and granted a D.Litt.
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