The Indigenous History Best Article Prize
Cody Groat & Kim Anderson, “Holding Place: Resistance, Reframing, and Relationality in the Representation of Indigenous History”. The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 102, Issue 3.
Cody Groat and Kim Anderson’s article “Holding Place: Resistance, Reframing, and Relationality in the Representation of Indigenous History” (The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 102, Issue 3) explores questions of commemoration in Canadian history from the perspective of two Indigenous historians: one who has engaged in public history through performance art (Anderson) and another who is building a career studying public history (Groat). The two explore both the ways in which Indigenous peoples resist public commemorations that distort Indigenous histories and how Indigenous peoples can engage with commemorative practices to celebrate their histories. Anderson recounts her experiences in working with the public history troupe the Kika’ige Historical Society, which has been reframing Canadian commemorative practices to centre Indigenous peoples.
The article goes on to survey Indigenous interventions in Canadian public commemorations across the country, highlighting Indigenous commemorations as relational practices that distinguish themselves by their engagement with the land and the integration of human, natural, and spirit worlds. Groat and Anderson highlight the ways in which Indigenous histories can be integrated into a national discourse to promote reconciliation and cultural revitalization.
Daniel Macfarlane & Andrea Olive, “Whither Wintego: Environmental Impact Assessment and Indigenous Opposition in Saskatchewan’s Churchill River Hydropower Project in the 1970.” The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 102, Issue 4.
This article highlights the growing resistance to northern development by Indigenous communities. The tensions between settler projects and Indigenous treaty rights are unpacked with the use of an array of documentation including the Indigenous-led studies of the assessment process. This article points to an important turn within the history of the impact of settler colonialism on Indigenous histories.