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Canada at 150:
"the more things change, the more they stay the same"

with Instructor Glorie Tebbutt

September 12 - October 31, 2017


Canada's sesquicentennial has provided Canadians with opportunities to celebrate and reflect upon the official version of our nation's brief, but fascinating, history, while reminding us that many other stories offer a wider perspective. Participants will read three historical novels that invite them to consider how issues related to colonialism, race, ethnicity, religion, and politics have shaped and continue to shape our daily-lived experiences and, in some cases, influence public opinion and government policy.


Study Novels:

Michael Crummey's debut novel River Thieves (2001) became a Canadian bestseller, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award, the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing, and the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award. It was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Books in Canada First Novel Award, and long-listed for the IMPAC Award. River Thieves is set in a time before Newfoundland was part of Canada and tells a story about contact between Indigenous people and members of the settler culture.

Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes won the Governor General's Award in 1945 and was one of five books chosen for Canada Reads in 2013. His novel popularized the term "two solitudes"  in his depiction of the simmering ethic tensions between the French and English in the province of Quebec, tensions that have long influenced politics in this province and beyond.

Jane Urquhart's third novel Away (1993), a national bestseller, won the Trillium Award that was shared with Margaret Atwood's novel The Robber Bride. This lyrical novel reminds us that the current tensions about immigration have a long history in this country.


Program Dates:

Classes are scheduled for Tuesday afternoons, at 1:30 – 3:30 pm beginning September 12 and ending October 31, 2017.


$171.00 for WDM Members and
$190.00 for non-members.

Class fees are due in advance of the first class of the session. If one cancels prior to a week before the beginning of the class, he/she will be fully refunded. If cancellation occurs within one week of the first class then only half of the fee will be refunded.

More Information:

Contact Glorie Tebbutt at


Contact the WDM Education Department at 306-931-1910 or


Quote from a former student: “We learn so much from Glorie. Literature really comes alive. Lots of discussion and very humorous. A very talented teacher.”