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SHFS Annual Conference will be held in Saskatoon on May 30-31, 2014.

All events except our tour, will be held at the Saskatoon Travelodge Hotel, which is located at the intersection of Circle Drive and Highway #16.  To book a guest room, please call the Travelodge at 1-888-278-4209.

Total registration cost for all events is $80.oo. Tickets for individual functions may be purchased separately too.

Friday, May 30

President’s Dinner, 6:00 p.m. – Vanguard Room.  Extra Dinner tickets are $35.00

Clearing the Plains presentation by James Daschuk, 7:30 p.m. - Vanguard Room. Open to free public attendance.**

Saturday, May 31

SHFS Annual General Meeting, 9:00 a.m. – Viscount Room. SHFS Members only, no cost to attend.

Conference Tour, 12:00 p.m. – Pick up at front of hotel. Extra tickets are $55.00.
The tour includes luncheon at Specklebelly’s Brew Pub; a presentation by Greg Kitz (one of the ‘Original 16′ who established the Great Western Brewery in Saskatoon); a tour of Paddock Wood Brewery and return drop off at the Travelodge by late afternoon.

Click Conf 2014 online regist form to print out a form. Alternatively, you can call the SHFS office in Regina at 306-780-9204 or 1-800-919-9437 to register and pay with a credit card.

**James Daschuk, author of Clearing The Plains:  Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, will be our guest presenter after the President’s Dinner. Mr. Daschuk’s book has received great interest in the community and media. His book has also been nominated for five Saskatchewan Book Awards. Here is what others have said about the book (as found on the U of R Press website):

In arresting, but harrowing, prose, James Daschuk examines the roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics—the politics of ethnocide—played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of aboriginal people in the realization of Sir John A. Macdonald’s “National Dream.”

It was a dream that came at great expense: the present disparity in health and economic well-being between First Nations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and misunderstanding that permeates the national consciousness to this day.

“Clearing the Plains is a tour de force that dismantles and destroys the view that Canada has a special claim to humanity in its treatment of indigenous peoples.  Daschuk shows how infectious disease and state-supported starvation combined to create a creeping, relentless catastrophe that persists to the present day.  The prose is gripping, the analysis is incisive, and the narrative is so chilling that it leaves its reader stunned and disturbed.  For days after reading it, I was unable to shake a profound sense of sorrow.  This is fearless, evidence-driven history at its finest.” Elizabeth A. Fenn, author of Pox Americana

“Required reading for all Canadians.” Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood 

“[C]learly written, deeply researched, and properly contextualized history … Essential reading for everyone interested in the history of indigenous North America.” J. R. McNeill, author of Mosquito Empires

Please click here for the University of Regina Press media release.

Please click here for reviews of his book, published by the University of Regina Press.


Here is the 2014 History on the Road schedule:

Click 2014 tour registration form to print out and mail in for the tour(s) of your choice.

Tour #1 – June 18-22, 2014 – A Cultural Tour of Saskatchewan
              This tour will concentrate on two aspects of Saskatchewan’s culture that have over the years played an important part in the daily lives of many families -singing and art. In partnership with the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, you can join a group of choral music enthusiasts to practise and perform in several venues. The tour will also visit well known and unique art galleries in the western half of the province, such as the Schurniak Gallery in Assiniboia, Sagebrush Galley north of Leader, Imhoff Gallery near St. Walburg and the Sapp Gallery in North Battleford.
Tour #2 – July 18-20, 2014 - Canoeing in Saskatchewan
              This tour was cancelled last year due to flooding effects on the South Saskatchewan River. Optimistic that 2014 will bring good paddling, SHFS presents this tour that starts near Clark’s Crossing with the destination being Fort a la Corne.  Stops include Batoche National historic Site and Petit Ville, a former Metis community and South Branch House. Each canoe will have an accomplished canoeist and overnight accommodation will be in a hotel in Prince Albert.
Tour #3 – August 21-24, 2014 – Exploring Central Saskatchewan
             Covering the central portion of Saskatchewan, stops will include the flour mill in Esterhazy, Touchwood Hills Provincial Historic Park, Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary, Danceland at Manitou Lake, Gardiner Dam, cruising Lake Diefenbaker and the Herschel petroglyphs.
Tour #4 – September 8-18, 2014 – Canada’s Newest Province
             Newfoundland and Labrador will be celebrating their 65th anniversary of joining Confederation.  The tour starts with a flight to St. John’s and a visit to the area. Then the rest of the province will be toured by motorcoach, including highlights like Gros Morne National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and L’Anse aux Meadows (the first European settlement in North America). Departure to Saskatchewan will be from Deer Lake, Newfoundland.




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