Two BU-linked books earn historical awards

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Three Brandon University-linked books were vying for the Margaret McWilliams Award this year, and two of them won.

“Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies,” co-edited by BU history professor Rhonda Hinther, earned the Margaret McWilliams Award for Scholarly History. Also nominated in that category was Politics, Personalities and persistence: One Hundred Years of Psychiatric Nursing Education in Manitoba,” by former BU professor Beverley Clare Williams Hicks.

Also, “Trailblazer in First Nations Education: Duzahan Mani Win, Doris Dowan-Pratt,” by Doris Dowan-Pratt and Leona Devuyst, earned the Margaret McWilliams Award for Local History (Memoirs). The late elder Doris Pratt was a longtime advisor and educator, particularly in the particularly in the promotion and teaching of the Dakota language. She earned a Master of Education from BU, and received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from BU in 2017.

First instituted in 1955, the Margaret McWilliams Awards are one of the oldest literary awards in Canada. They are awarded annually in three categories (Scholarly History, Popular History, and Local History) by the Manitoba Historical Society to encourage the study and interpretation of the history of Manitoba.

The awards were announced today and are listed online at


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