Everett Baker Award
This award is named for the SHFS’ first President, Everett Baker. Throughout his life, Everett Baker was a strong believer in the importance of understanding the past to build a better future, and as such he worked tirelessly to preserve local history. In that spirit, the Baker Award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations who have gone “above and beyond” to preserve and promote heritage in Saskatchewan. The award also recognizes efforts to call public attention to aspects of little-known Saskatchewan history.
Congratulations to the 2017 Baker Award Winners!
Elder Cecile Blanke exemplifies the spirit of the Baker Award through her ongoing leadership in encouraging pride in Métis heritage. Examples of her efforts to celebrate Métis history and culture, as part of her role as President of Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 and Chairperson of the Lac Pelletier Lac La Plume Historical Association, include the Métis Veterans War Memorial at Lac Pelletier and the annual event at Goodwin House at Saskatchewan Landing. Her work to publish the memoirs of Louise Moine, erect a cairn celebrating the Lemere family at Lac Pelletier, and give countless school presentations are just a few other examples of her tireless work to promote Métis history.
The RIIS Commemorative Association and RIIS Media Project works to tell the story of the Regina Indian Industrial School, it’s legacy, and the and families and communities connected to it. The hard work and dedication of members of the Association and Media Project has led to a successful project that has included, to date, a Municipal Heritage Designation for the school cemetery. In addition, through innovative storytelling in film and digital media, the RIIS Media Project has succeeded in calling sustained public attention to the history and legacy of Indian Industrial Schools. Pictured: Janine Windolph and Trudy Stewart, Multimedia Producers and Directors of RIIS from Amnesia.
Graham Guest is the Archival Historian for the Northern Saskatchewan Archives. His dedication to preserving and promoting the history of Northern Saskatchewan includes not only efforts to preserve information and photographs depicting Northern history, but also his work to make that history accessible through tours, displays, and open houses; his understanding and respect for the heritage of the North, and his tremendous dedication to accurate and detailed preparation, description and preservation of archival materials which will truly be a gift to future generations.