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Brittany Luby

Brittany Luby

The CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize


In Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory, Brittany Luby offers a vivid and timely illustration of the embodied legacies of settler colonialism on the bodies, lands, and lives of Indigenous peoples. Her analysis of the Treaty 3 region in Northwestern Ontario centres an area usually treated as peripheral in both official decision-making and historical scholarship, and the resulting portrait of postwar hydroelectric development powerfully challenges the dominant narrative of universal post-Second World War prosperity in Canada. The book is engaging and accessibly-written, draws on deep and wide research in both oral and written sources, and makes important contributions to environmental history, women’s history, and Indigenous Studies. Along the way, Luby reveals the many ways in which the Anishinabeg of Dalles 38C Indian Reserve (who supported this research) saw their own ability to economically thrive persistently undermined by efforts designed to boost the prosperity of non-Indigenous people elsewhere in the region. As Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation chief, Lorraine Cobiness, writes in the foreword: “When we teach history, we build common ground for the process of reconciliation.” For this reason, Dammed not only represents exemplary scholarship, but deserves to be read and meditated on by audiences well beyond the historical community.

Brittany Luby, A commitment to the Canadian Historical Association and the Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation.


Heidi Bohaker, Doodem and Council FireAnishinaabe Governance through Alliance (University of Toronto Press for The Osgoode Society, 2020)

Paul-André DuboisLire et écrire chez les Amérindiens de la Nouvelle-France (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2020)

Patrizia GentileQueen of the Maple Leaf: Beauty Contests and Settler Femininity (UBC Press, 2020)

Eric W. SagerInequality in Canada: The History and Politics of an Idea (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020)


As the winner of the prize, Brittany is also the recipient of the 2021 Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research.