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Bill Waiser
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Bill Waiser

Bill Waiser is one of Canada's foremost historians. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan before 1905, winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

He personally presented a copy of his award-winning Saskatchewan: A New History to Queen Elizabeth II at a private ceremony in 2005.  One reviewer of his work in the Globe and Mail claimed that “Saskatchewan has found its historian.”

Bill has appointed to the Order of Canada, named to the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and granted a D.Litt.  Most recently, he received a Clio – The Prairies Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Historical Association, was presented with the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (the Pierre Berton Award) and the Royal Society of Canada’s Tyrrell Medal for outstanding work in Canadian History.




In Search of Almighty Voice: Resistance and Reconciliation

Fifth House Publishers, 2020,

A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan before 1905

Fifth House Publishers, 2016,

Tommy's Team: The People Behind the Douglas Years

Fifth House, 2010,

Portraits of an Era: The Aerial Photography of Howdy McPhail

Fifth House, 2009,

Who Killed Jackie Bates? Murder and Mercy during the Great Depression

Fifth House, 2008,

Everett Baker’s Saskatchewan

Fifth House, 2007,

Tommy Douglas

Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2006,

Saskatchewan: A New History

Fifth House, 2005,

All Hell Can’t Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot

Fifth House, 2003,

Looking Back: True Tales from Saskatchewan’s Past

Fifth House, 2003,

Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion

Fifth House, 1997,

Park Prisoners: The Untold Story of Western Canada's National Parks, 1915- 1947

Fifth House, 1995,

The New Northwest: The Photographs of the Frank Crean Expeditions, 1908-09

Fifth House, 1993,

Documenting Canada: A History of Modern Canada in Documents

Fifth House, 1992,

Saskatchewan's Playground: A History of Prince Albert National Park

Fifth House, 1989,

The Field Naturalist: John Macoun, the Geological Survey and Natural Science

University of Toronto Press, 1989,

Broadcast Works

"Looking Back", CBC Sask TV, 1999-2001

Between 1999 and 2001, Waiser served as researcher and on-camera host for “Looking Back,” a CBC Saskatchewan Television weekly production. Each episode examined some little known or little understood aspect of Saskatchewan history in a five-minute segment that was aired during the early evening provincial news broadcast. The series won a CBC English Televison Award and an honourable mention,Chris Awards, Columbus International Film and Video Festival.


  • General Non-Fiction
  • History—Regional
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