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Bill Waiser


  • Author and historian Bill Waiser specializes in western Canadian history. He has published over a dozen books–many of them recognized by various awards. His most recent book, A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905, won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Bill is a frequent public speaker and contributor to radio, television and print media. He has also served on a number of national, provincial, and local boards. Bill has been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, named a distinguished university professor, and granted a D.Litt.


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


  • 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.

Audience Age Groups

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