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Aboriginal history researcher honoured with U of S New Researcher Award

History professor Keith Carlson
June 08, 2012

History professor Keith Carlson, whose work on Aboriginal-newcomer relations has won international acclaim, is the recipient of the 2012 New Researcher Award presented at the University of Saskatchewan’s June convocation ceremonies.

Aboriginal Peoples: Engagement and Scholarship is one of our signature areas of research strength,” said Vice-President Research Karen Chad. “It is because of individuals like Professor Keith Carlson, who build bridges with our Aboriginal communities – who work with Aboriginal people as full partners in research – that we are able to make this claim. We are delighted to recognize his outstanding achievements with this award.”

Carlson’s recent book “The Power of Place, The Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism,” examines the shifting identity of the Stó:lō Nation before and after colonialism in what is now British Columbia. It was awarded the Clio Award for Best History in the B.C. Region and the Aboriginal History Prize from the Canadian Historical Association. His earlier work, “A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Historical Atlas,” won a B.C. Book Prize, a City of Vancouver Book Prize, and a Choice Library Outstanding Academic Publication Award.

Carlson’s work on the 1884 murder of a Stó:lō youth by non-Natives from the United States led to consultation on a documentary, “The Lynching of Louie Sam,” and to Washington State creating a “healing process” to apologize and restore relations with Louie Sam’s home community. In recognition of his contribution to this process, Carlson was honoured by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Since coming to the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, Carlson’s research interests have expanded to include the Métis of Northwest Saskatchewan. His collaborative work with Métis scholars and community members was the basis for an exhibit at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre entitled “West Side Stories: The Métis of Northwest Saskatchewan.” He is the director of the new Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and is involved in the creation of a Centre for the Study of Indigenous Historical Consciousness and Voice. Carlson is also working with the Office of the Vice-President Advancement as a Special Advisor on Outreach and Engagement.

Carlson earned his BA in History and Political Science from the University of Victoria in 1988 and his MA in American Diplomatic History from the University of Victoria in 1992. He went on to complete a PhD in Aboriginal History from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Prior to his appointment at the University of Saskatchewan, Carlson spent nine years as a community historian for the Stó:lō Nation in British Columbia.

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For more information, contact:

Michael Robin
University Research Communications
(306) 966-1425

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