Miller receives national honour

Jim Miller, professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan, was one of 13 people named as Officers of the Order of Canada Dec. 26 by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

The honour follows the April announcement naming Miller the recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize in the Humanities, only the second Saskatchewan person to receive the prestigious national award.

The citation accompanying the Order of Canada recognizes Miller's "even-handed and definitive scholarship on the history of relations between Canada's Aboriginal peoples and its settlers."

Peter Stoicheff, dean of the U of S College of Arts and Science, noted the significance of the Order of Canada for Miller is that it takes into account "the tangent of his whole career and really assesses the meaningful impact of his work on Canadians."

Miller taught at the U of S from 1970 until his retirement in the spring of 2014. His 1996 book Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools marked the publication of Canada's first comprehensive history of residential schools and in 2001, he was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations.

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