The Canada 150 Collection

In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, University of Toronto Press is proud to introduce the Canada 150 Collection, a special selection of outstanding books published over the years that bear witness to the depth and breadth of the nation’s history and the diversity of its peoples. These books showcase remarkable achievements as well as uncomfortable truths in Canada’s history, from pre-Confederation to the present. This carefully curated collection includes classic works of cultural, historical, legal, and literary scholarship that have informed and shaped Canada as a nation. A testament to University of Toronto Press’s longstanding commitment to authoritative and boundary-pushing scholarship, the Canada 150 Collection presents works that are essential reading for students, scholars, and anyone with an interest in Canada’s past and future.


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A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
A Prophet in Politics: A Biography of J.S. Woodsworth
By Kenneth McNaught, introduced by Allen Mills

McNaught details the life, work, and principles of J.S Woodsworth and shows the powerful moral and political force that the pacifist, Methodist thinker exerted on Canadian politics.

Published Jun 2017
Canada's Navy, 2nd Edition: The First Century
Canada's Navy, 2nd Edition: The First Century
By Marc Milner

A wide-ranging look at the history of the Canadian Navy, from its beginnings in 18th-century exploration and trade, to its astonishing expansion during the Second World War, through to its current roles in operations with United Nations and NATO forces.

Published Jun 2017
In Times Like These
In Times Like These
By Nellie McClung
Introduction by Veronica Strong-Boag

Nellie McClung's fourth book, In Times Like These, written in 1915, survives as a classic formulation of a feminist position. With hard-hitting rhetoric it demands women's rights as a logical extension of traditional views of female moral superiority and maternal responsibility.

Published Jun 2017
Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs
Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs
By Joel Bakan

Joel Bakan argues that the Canadian Charter of Rights (1982) has failed to promote social justice because it is administered by a conservative judiciary and because social and economic conditions constantly interfere with its principles.

Published Jun 2017
Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature
Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature
By George Elliott Clarke

Governor General's Award-winning author George Elliott Clarke identifies African-Canadian literature's distinguishing characteristics, argues its relevance to both African Diasporic and Canadian Studies and critiques several of its key creators and texts.

Published Jun 2017
Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
By Carole Gerson and Veronica Strong-Boag

The only major scholarly study that examines E. Pauline Johnson’s diverse roles as a First Nations champion, New Woman, serious writer and performer, and Canadian nationalist.

Published Jun 2017
Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law
Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law
By John Borrows

John Borrows suggests how First Nations laws could be applied by Canadian courts, and tempers this by pointing out the many difficulties that would occur if the courts attempted to follow such an approach.

Published Jun 2017
Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada
Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada
By J. R. Miller

A comprehensive account of Indian-white relations throughout Canada’s history. Miller charts the deterioration of the relationship from the initial, mutually beneficial contact in the fur trade to the current impasse.

Published Jun 2017
The Atlantic Region to Confederation: A History
The Atlantic Region to Confederation: A History
Edited by Philip Buckner and John G. Reid

The book re-assesses many old themes from a new perspective, and seeks to broaden the focus of regional history to include those groups whom the traditional historiography ignored or marginalized.

Published Jun 2017
The Black Loyalists: The Search for a Promised Land in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, 1783-1870
The Black Loyalists: The Search for a Promised Land in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, 1783-1870
By James W. St. G. Walker

James Walker documents their experience in Canada, following them across the Atlantic as they became part of a unique colonial experiment in Sierra Leone.

Published Jun 2017