Susan Minsos (S. Minsos) has written three historical novels, preceded by two theoretical texts. 

Minsos was the former coordinator of the interdisciplinary Canadian Studies program at the University of Alberta, and remains a principal behind the annual Mel Hurtig Lectureship, On The Future of Canada. The Mel Hurtig Lectureship goes forward under the auspices of the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Former lecture coordinator was Professor Emeritus Janine Brodie CM FRSC. Current coordinator is Professor Yasmeen Abu-Laban, CRC.

Of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Tehawennihárhos Squire Davis and Scottish Jennet Ferguson Davis of Onondaga Ontario are central to Minsos’ fiction. The Davises are her great-great grandparents. Their life journey facilitates the telling of the Grand River Navigation Company’s scandalous treatment of the Haudenosaunee, 1845-46. For work on First Nations, Minsos was one among many who received federal recognition in 2017 (Canada 150).


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Lillian Brown of Foreword Reviews awards five stars to Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: Charter (2018)


Brooklea on the Grand River, former home of Mohawk Chief Thomas Davis


Culture Clubs: The Art of Living Together (2002)

Weird Tit-for-Tat: The Game of Our Lives (2004)

Squire Davis and the Crazy River (2009)

Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos (2013)

Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: The Battle of Vinegar Hill (2012)

Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: Charter (2018)


Friday Surprise – Cornelius Krieghoff 

Photography by Ian Lefebvre

Save the Canadian Horse


credit JJMK Sept 2020

Minsos (Williams) received her BA from Western University, her MA and PhD from the University of Alberta. Her family is from Brantford, Ontario. Now a prairie Westerner, she is a longtime resident of Edmonton. Books, available at AudiobooksChapters/Indigo,, and  Friesen Bookstore, are not for sale on the website. For background on the pre-Confederation era, see readings.

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