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Outstanding Ally Award, University of Saskatchewan Buffalo Circle Campaign. Awarded to a small group of non-Indigenous faculty by Indigenous faculty in recognition of outstanding work with the for Indigenous people and championing Indigenization.

Shortlisted for Saskatchewan Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Award, for Gladue Database.

Honoured by the students and staff of Seabird Island School (BC) for my contributions to building cross-cultural understanding and Indigenous curriculum resources.  Covered with a blanket that had been signed by students, and presented with a woven cedar bark hat. 

Invited to be part of an honouring ceremony at Shxwohamel First Nation (BC) in recognition of my role in assisting the community revive their traditional system of governance.


Invited to be part of Grand Entry at the Mistawasis First Nation Pow Wow (SK). Presented with a Star Blanket Quilt for role in building partnership between UofS and Mistawasis community through the Community-Engaged History Collaboratorium

Invited to sign the international Buffalo Treaty as an intellectual ally of the Mistawasis First Nation (SK)

Elected to the Royal Society of Canada – Member of the College of New Scholars.


Named one of five “Distinguished Lecturers” of the Western Historical Association [of America]

UofS OVPR Photo Contest Prize (for photo showing research in practice in Indigenous communities)

Tzeachten First Nation (BC) – Honouring Ceremony for my role as expert witness in an Aboriginal title court case leading to a negotiated return of traditional lands and a multi-million dollar financial settlement. (June 2017).


Robert A. Hackenberg Memorial Prize, (shared with John Lutz of UVic) from the Society for Applied Anthropology [of American], for the Stó:lō Ethnohistory Fieldschool (the only humanities-based graduate ethnohistory fieldschool in existence)


Best Article in Aboriginal History Prize (awarded by the Canadian Historical Association) for the article “Orality About Literacy: The ‘Black and White’ of Salish History,” May 2012.

Distinguished Researcher Award (New Researcher Category), University of Saskatchewan, June 2012.

February 15, Short-listed for Saskatchewan book award, scholarly book category – for Power of Place, Problem of Time (UofT Press, 2010).


Canadian Historical Association's Clio Award for Best History in BC Region – for Power of Place, Problem of Time, (UofT Press, 2010).

Canadian Historical Association's Aboriginal History Prize for Best Aboriginal History in Canada -- for Power of Place, Problem of Time (UofT Press, 2010).


Honoured at a special luncheon at Government House, Victoria BC, by Her Honour Lt. Governor Iona Campagnolo, for my “contribution to producing meaningful history about British Columbia,” related to my work on “The Lynching of Louie Sam” film. January 20, 2006.

Nominated for a University of Saskatchewan Student Union Teaching Excellence Award. February 2006.


“Honoured Witness and Speaker” at Memorial Potlatch for Bill McHalsie, Boston Bar, BC. October, 2005

Invited to speak to the achievements of Canadian Coast Salish Elders at the Seattle Art Museum’s “Day of Honoring Celebration,” May 8, 2005.



Canadian Historical Association, Honourable Mention for the John Bullen Prize for best dissertation in history at a Canadian University. June 4, 2004.

UBC Faculty of Arts nomination for Best Dissertation 2003 (Dissertation Abstracts Microfilm), March 2004.


Faculty of Arts nomination for Governor General’s Gold Medal for 2003-2004 academic year, University of British Columbia.

A Stó:lõ–Coast Salish Historical Atlas. Shortlisted for Fraser Basin Council 2002 Sustainability Award, for “Promoting Understanding Sustainability.”

A Stó:lõ-Coast Salish Historical Atlas . Chilliwack Heritiage Society Award.


Choice Library Award “Outstanding Academic Publication Award,” for A Stó:lõ-Coast Salish Historical Atlas, 2002.

Included in Canadian Who’s Who (University of Toronto Press).

City of Vancouver Book Prize, for A Stó:lõ-Coast Salish Historical Atlas.

A Stó:lõ Coast Salish Historical Atlas awarded BC Book Prize, (Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize).


Stó:lõ Potlatch Honouring Ceremony for service to Stó:lõ community where I was presented with a traditional woven blanket and made an honorary Stó:lõ community member. June 25.


Li Tze Fong Memorial Fellowship, UBC ($6,250).

University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship, UBC ($15,500).


British Columbia Heritage Trust Fellowship, Government of British Columbia ($5,000).

Chinese Railroad Workers Commemorative Scholarship in History, UBC ($1,000).


Twisted Road to Freedom one of four monographs short-listed for the Philippines National Book Award in History.

University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship. Two Year Fellowship commencing September 1996, $12,500 (declined due to acceptance of SSHRC fellowship).


Offered position as senior Canadianist lecturer, University of the Philippines History Department, Dilliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines.

Offered position as senior Canadianist lecturer, University of the Philippines History Department, Dilliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines.


History Graduate Student Representative, University of Victoria.


B.C. Government University Scholarship for Undergraduates ($500).

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