Benchmark Press author receives book award

Regina author Douglas Stewart has been recognized with an award for his book The Regina Indian Industrial School (1891-1910): Historical Overview and Chronological Narrative – published by Benchmark Press. Stewart received the Academic Book Prize from the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s (PCC) Committee on History at this year’s General Assembly of the PCC at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.

In his book, Stewart draws on a wide expanse of archival material to present a history of a relatively large but little-known residential school that operated just outside Regina at the end of the 19th and into the early 20th Century. The book is separated into two parts. The first locates the Regina Indian Industrial School within the wider context of residential schooling in Canada. The second part depicts the manner in which this institution was operated.

“We are extremely proud of Douglas Stewart for being recognized with this prestigious literary award,” said Pat Rediger, managing partner of Benchmark Press. “Through diligent research, Douglas has helped bring a very important chapter of Saskatchewan’s history to light and this award is a testament to all his hard work.”

Stewart is a Professor of Education (emeritus), University of Regina, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of education. He is a past-president of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society and a 2012 recipient of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award.

The Regina Indian Industrial School (1891-1910): Historical Overview and Chronological Narrative retails for $20.00 and is available through www.benchmarkpress.ca and select retailers.