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Howard Macdonald Stewart receives BC Historical Federation Award


Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10:42am

Congratulations to Denman Island author Howard Macdonald Stewart, whose book, Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia has received Third Place in the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Competition! The BCHF Historical Writing Awards are presented annually to authors whose books contribute significantly to the historical literature of British Columbia. The prizes were presented at the 2018 BCHF Conference in Nakusp, BC, hosted by the Arrow Lakes Historical Society, from May 24 – 27, 2018.

In Views of the Salish Sea, author Howard Macdonald Stewart considers the complex relationship of humans to the expansive and diverse region of the Strait of Georgia, from colonization, to the commodification of resources like fish and lumber, to modern recreation and waste disposal. The book traces the history of the Strait as an interrelated whole, one that we must carefully work to protect if we wish to preserve its inherent richness.

Stewart was born and raised on the shores of the North Salish Sea and has worked for the United Nations, local and national governments, international agencies, communities, NGOs and industries around the world. This book grew out of his PhD thesis in geography at the University of British Columbia. He has also contributed to numerous periodicals, and professional and academic publications. He lives on Denman Island, BC.