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History: Jennifer Bonnell Finalist for Prestigious Sir John A. Macdonald Prize

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Bonnell, a 2011-2013 SSHRC Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department, is on the short list for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for her recent book, Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley. Sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association, the Prize is one of the most prestigious for a historian of Canada, and awarded each year at the Governor General Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and at the CHA’s Annual Meeting. Visit the book at University of Toronto Press. For more on the Prize, visit the Canadian Historical Association

Congratulations from all of us!

from the jacket
With Reclaiming the Don, Jennifer L. Bonnell unearths the missing story of the relationship between the river, the valley, and the city, from the establishment of the town of York in the 1790s to the construction of the Don Valley Parkway in the 1960s. Demonstrating how mosquito-ridden lowlands, frequent floods, and over-burdened municipal waterways shaped the city’s development, Reclaiming the Don illuminates the impact of the valley as a physical and conceptual place on Toronto’s development.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.