EHTV Episode 15 – Oak Hammock

Dredging Work in Manitoba, Archives of Manitoba

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This episode of EHTV features an interview with Dr. Shannon Stunden Bower about her research on the history of Oak Hammock Marsh, a substantial wetland complex situated northwest of the City of Winnipeg, capital of the Canadian Province of Manitoba. The wetland initially served as a habitat for wildlife and a valued resource for local people. Later, it was subject to attempts at agricultural drainage. The past few decades have seen an effort to restore the marsh as a waterfowl refuge. The Oak Hammock example sheds light on larger patterns of human-environment interaction across the Canadian Prairies and Northern Great Plains.

Viewers can read more about this history in Dr. Stunden Bower’s new book Wet Prairie: People, Land, and Water in Agricultural Manitoba. She also blogs at

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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