The Clio Prizes
Congratulations Professor Emilie Cameron on receipt of the Clio North Prize!
The Clio Prizes are “annual awards given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history” by the Canadian Historical Association. Emilie was awarded the prize for her recently published book, “Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic. UBC Press, 2015″.
“Emilie Cameron’s Far Off Metal River examines the significance of one of the most (in)famous stories about the Canadian North. Cameron offers a sophisticated and nuanced examination of the long term historical significance of Samuel Hearne’s famous account of the 1771 massacre at Bloody Falls. Although debates over the veracity of Hearne’s account have raged since it was published in 1795, Cameron turns our attention to a more consequential question: the significance of Qablunaat (non-Inuit) uses of the massacre story from the time of its publication to the twenty-first century. Cameron explains that the massacre story matters—whether the actual event happened or not—because it has profoundly shaped the way outsiders have perceived and treated northern indigenous peoples, resource extraction, and aboriginal claims ever since it captured their attention. Based on a wide array of sources as varied as Hearne’s own writings, aboriginal memories, explorers’ journals, government documents, plays, poetry, and art, Far Off Metal River invites readers to consider the significance of a 250-year old story in entirely new ways”. (2016 Clio Prizes, Canadian Historical Association)
The Canadian Aboriginal History Prizes
As part of the 2016 Canadian Aboriginal History Prizes Emilie also received Honourable Mention for her book Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic. University of British Columbia Press, 2015.
Congratulations Professor Cameron!