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In Search of Almighty Voice: Resistance and Reconciliation

  • Author Name: Bill Waiser
  • Award Year: 2021
  • Publisher: Fifth House Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • ISBN: 9781771770019

About the Book

In May 1897, Almighty Voice, a member of the One Arrow Willow Cree, died violently when Canada's North-West Mounted Police shelled the fugitive's hiding place. Why he died is more important than how he died. Historian Bill Waiser offers a fresh account of the incident, separating fact from fiction, truth from rumour, and examines how the story has been told over the past 120 years in newspapers, magazines, poetry, songs, plays, and film. Understanding why Almighty Voice mattered has a direct bearing on reconciliation efforts today.

About the Author

Bill Waiser is a Distinguish 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 Nonfiction, and Saskatchewan: A New History. Bill was 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 Award for Popular Media (the Pierre Berton Award) and the Royal Society of Canada's Tyrrell Medal for outstanding work in Canadian history.

2021 Book Awards