Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Prize Watch: CHA Prize to Brittany Luby for Dammed

The Canadian Historical Association has been announcing the prizewinners for its annual awards in many fields of history. 

Brittany Luby has been named winner of the 2021 CHA Prize for Best Scholarly Book for Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory, published by University of Manitoba Press. Dammed studies hydro-electric power and indigenous society in the Treaty Three [2] region of northwest Ontario since the Second World War. The citation says its "portrait of postwar hydroelectric development powerfully challenges the dominant narrative of universal post-Second World War prosperity in Canada." Dammed is at once treaty and indigenous history, environmental history, women's history, industrial history... and political.

Luby is a descendant of one of the leaders who negotiated the sharing agreement that became known as the NorthWest Angle Treaty of 1873, and a professor at the University of Guelph. Her research for Dammed was undertaken with support from the Anishinabeg of Dalles 38C Indian Reserve.

The full list of this year's prizes announced and yet to be announced is available at the CHA website
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