University of Alberta professor scoops prestigious Killam Prize for work on Prairie history of women and Indigenous people

June 2, 2020

Liane Faulder: Edmonton Journal

A University of Alberta scholar has won the 2020 Killam Prize in the Humanities, one of the country’s most prestigious academic awards.

Sarah Carter, who holds the Henry Marshall Tory chair in the department of history and classics and the faculty of native studies, received the $100,000 award last week. It’s the first time a University of Alberta humanities professor has been recognized by the Killam program, which was established in 1967 and celebrates Canada’s most inspiring scholars and thought leaders.

Carter said she was “delighted and honoured and extremely grateful for the recognition of the work we do in the humanities.”

Carter’s work focuses on the history of women and Indigenous people on the Prairies. She has written several books on how government policies of the past deliberately hampered and excluded women and Indigenous people from agriculture and from homesteading.

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