Gerald A. Friesen

Professor of History
University of Manitoba

Education

Prince Albert schools

 

 

B.A. (High Honours in History)

University of Saskatchewan

1965

M.A.

University of Toronto

1966

Ph.D.

University of Toronto

1974

Positions held

Visiting Lecturer

University of Manitoba

1970-71

Lecturer

University of Manitoba

1971-73

Assistant Professor

University of Manitoba

1974-78

Associate Professor

University of Manitoba

1978-85

Professor

University of Manitoba

1985-

Visiting Professor (Honorary)

Macquarie University (Sydney)

1985

Visiting Scholar

University of Sydney

1989

Seagram Chair

McGill University
(McGill Institute for the Study of Canada)

1996

Fields of specialization

Canadian History - including special teaching and research responsibilities in prairie and western Canadian history, labour history, and the history of culture and communication in Canada

Awards

1976

Saunderson Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Manitoba

1982

American Association for State & Local History, Certificate of Commendation

1984

Rh Institute Award for Excellence in Research, University of Manitoba

1985

Canadian Historical Association, Macdonald Prize for best volume in Canadian history

1985

Canadian Historical Association, Regional History Award of Merit

1988

Pettyjohn Lecturer, Washington State University

1989

Canadian Historical Association. Regional History Award of Merit (to University of Manitoba Press for Manitoba Studies in Native History series)

1996

Seagram Chair and Seagram Lecture, McGill University

2001

Canadian Historical Association, finalist for Macdonald Prize

2001

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Books
The Canadian Prairies: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 544, 1984. Reprinted 1984. Reprinted in student paperback edition with statistical appendix 1987, reprinted 1992, 1997. Reprints of various chapters.

A Guide to the Study of Manitoba Local History (with Barry S. Potyondi). University of Manitoba Press, 1981.

River Road: Essays on Manitoba and Prairie History. University of Manitoba Press, 1996.

The West: Regional Ambitions, National Debates, Global Age. Penguin 1999.

Citizens and Nation: An Essay on History, Communication, and Canada University of Toronto Press 2000.

Work in progress
(1) A Social History of the Canadian Prairies during the Great Transition 1840-1890.
(2) A History of Immigrants in Prairie Cities (With Royden Loewen)
(3) Leaders of Rural Manitoba 1946 (with James Giffen)
(4) Region and Nation: The Forgotten Force in Canadian History

Articles
2001"The Evolving Meanings of Region in Canada" Canadian Historical Review 82,3 pp 529-45
2001"Defining the Prairies: or, why the prairies don't exist" in Robert Wardhaugh ed Toward Defining the Prairies: Region, Culture, and History (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press) pp 13-28
2001"Can You Trust It? The View From Here and the WAG Canadian Collection as Historical Documents" Manitoba History v 41 pp31-38

Editor
A. Canada's Visual History/Histoire du Canada en Images (Produced by the National Museums of Canada and the National Film Board)
1970Co-founder of the project
1971-3Advisory Board member: the series was created at meetings in Ottawa and Montreal; 30 volumes were commissioned.
1974-6Editorial Board member: the first 30 volumes were completed and the next 40 were commissioned.
1996CD-ROM version published.
Aside from developing the concept, my role was akin to that of an editor of a scholarly journal. Essays and illustrations were commissioned, reviewed, edited and eventually published in the format of slides and bilingual booklets. The CVH/HCI annual budget was split between two federal government agencies and sales revenues were shared by a number of institutions, private and public, but the government expenditures were about $200,000 annually for the first three years and kept pace until 1976, when I left the project. At that date, over 70 of the 80 sets had been published.

B. Native History of Manitoba 1983-
I developed this book series with the support and advice of the Hon. Eugene Kostyra, Minister of Culture and Heritage, Manitoba. The project is administered by a Board of nine members and is sustained by a one-time Manitoba government grant of $130,000. The Board selects, commissions and/or subsidizes the publication of volumes on Aboriginal history through the University of Manitoba Press. My role is that of secretary to the Board and general editor of the series.

1985

Jacqueline Petersen and Jennifer Brown eds. The New Peoples: Being and Becoming Metis in North America

1986

Paul M. Thistle Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840.

1988

J.S.H. Brown and R. Brightman eds. `The Orders of the Dreamed': George Nelson on Cree and Northern Ojibwa Religion and Myth, 1823.

1988

John S. Milloy The Plains Cree: Trade, Diplomacy, and War.

1988

P.D. Elias The Dakota of the Canadian Northwest: Lessons in Survival.

1992

Jean M. Friesen and Kerry Abel (eds.) Aboriginal Resource Use in Canada: Historical and Legal Aspects

1994

Laura Peers The Ojibwa of Western Canada 1780-1870

1994

Katherine Pettipas Severing the Ties that Bind: Government Repression of Indigenous Religious Ceremonies on the Prairies

1996

Christine Miller et al Women of the First Nations

1997

Ila Bussidor and Ustun Bilgen-Reinart Night Spirits: The Story of the Relocation of the Sayisi Dene

1999

John Milloy A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986

2002-3

three book manuscripts are now being revised for publication.

Committee service
LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture and Symposium: National Advisory Board member 1999-

Appraisal consultant on graduate programs in History, University of Ottawa [Ontario Council of Graduate Studies] and Memorial University of Newfoundland
Canadian Historical Review Editorial Board 1997-2000
Manitoba Social Sciences Teachers' Association: Board member 1997-
Manitoba Labour Education Centre (MFL): Board Member 1984-
Manitoba Historical Conference: Program committee 1993-8
Canadian Historical Association:

  • Council 1979-1982
  • Regional History Committee 1978-1982
  • Chair, Regional History Committee 1980-1982
  • Editorial Committee 1986-1987
  • Sir John A Macdonald Prize Committee 1996-99
  • Nominating Committee 1998-2000
  • elected Vice-President 2001 (my term as President: 2003-2005)
  • Manitoba Historical Society:
    Governing Council 1976-1986