Seeing Red wins THREE awards!
Mark Anderson and Carmen Robertson’s collaboration, Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers, took home three awards at the Saskatchewan Book Awards this past weekend!
UMP would like to congratulate Carmen and Mark on their wins in the First Peoples’ Writing, Scholarly Writing Award, and Regina Book Award categories!
We’d also like to extend our congratulations to all the other nominees and winners.
More about Seeing Red:
Seeing Red is a groundbreaking study of how Canadian English-language newspapers have portrayed Aboriginal peoples from 1869 to the present day. It assesses a wide range of publications on topics that include the sale of Rupert’s Land, the signing of Treaty 3, the North-West Rebellion and Louis Riel, the death of Pauline Johnson, the outing of Grey Owl, the discussions surrounding Bill C-31, the “Bended Elbow” standoff at Kenora, Ontario, and the Oka Crisis.
The authors uncover overwhelming evidence that the colonial imaginary not only thrives, but dominates depictions of Aboriginal peoples in mainstream newspapers. The colonial constructs ingrained in the news media perpetuate an imagined Native inferiority that contributes significantly to the marginalization of Indigenous people in Canada. That such imagery persists to this day suggests strongly that our country lives in denial, failing to live up to its cultural mosaic boosterism.