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A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905

Jury Statement

From its first page, Bill Waiser’s A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 surprises the reader with its reconsideration of Canada. In a sweeping blend of narrative, historical detail, and compelling images, Waiser refocuses the country’s story by putting Indigenous peoples and environmental concerns in the foreground.


A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905

By Bill Waiser

  • Book Details
  • Published by Fifth House Publishers; distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
  • ISBN: 978-1-927083-39-0
Bill Waiser

Bill Waiser

Photo: Liam Richards

Who is Bill Waiser?

Bill Waiser wins his first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016 for A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905. An author, historian and former professor specializing in western Canadian history, he has published over a dozen works, including Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion (GG Books finalist, 1997), which he co-authored with Blair Stonechild. His definitive Saskatchewan: A New History (2005) was named one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail and received the Clio Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. A frequent public speaker and media contributor, he has been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and granted a D.Litt. Bill Waiser is based in Saskatoon.