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Bill Waiser
6 Arnason Cres
Saskatoon SK  S7H 4M8



  • About Bill Waiser

    A specialist in western and northern Canadian history, Bill Waiser joined the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and served as department head from 1995-98. He was Yukon Historian for the Canadian Parks Service prior to his university appointment.

    Bill has published fourteen books, including the award-winning centennial history of the province, Saskatchewan: A New History. A regular commentator in print, radio, and television, he hosted a weekly history segment, ��½Looking Back,��½ during the early evening news broadcast of CBC Saskatchewan TV.

    Bill was named the university��½s Distinguished Researcher at the spring 2004 convocation and received the College of Arts and Science Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the province��½s highest honour, in 2006, and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada the following year. In 2010, he was appointed A.S. Morton Research Chair in the Department of History and awarded an Earned D.Litt at the University of Saskatchewan convocation ceremonies that fall.

    For a story about Bill's latest book on CBC's The National, check out:

    Bill is a recreational runner who likes to garden, hike, and canoe.


  • Non-Fiction » General Non-Fiction, History—Regional


  • 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.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
    • Elementary School (K-5)
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