Doctoral candidate Madeline Whetung has been awarded the 2020 Canadian Historical Association’s Indigenous History Best Article Prize.
This award celebrates the best published article in Indigenous history each year and recognizes Whetung’s recent work (En)Gendering Shoreline Law: Nishnaabeg Relational Politics Along the Trent Severn Waterway, in Global Environmental Politics.
In awarding the prize, the CHA said: “‘(En)gendering Shoreline Law’ is a superb contribution to Mississaugi history, legal history, the history of Ontario, gender history and treaty history. Whetung skillfully weaves together archival research with oral histories, demonstrating great sensitivity to Anishinaabe ontology. She critiques settler mythologies about the historical significance of the Trent Severn Waterway and recentres Anishinaabe people on the lands and waters of Michi-Saagig territory. In so doing she makes visible the tremendous impact of settler colonial economic activities on the lands and waters of this region, and moreover, reveals the impact such activities had on Anishinaabekwe responsibilities for water.”