BC Studies Conference May 7-9, 2015


Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in association with BC Studies, is proud to be the 2015 host of the multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference on the theme:

From Exclusion to Inclusion:
Forging a Multicultural Identity in British Columbia

May 7th-9th, 2015

KPU Richmond Campus, Melville Centre for Dialogue

In May 2015, Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites you to its Richmond Campus to participate in the multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference. The conference theme is “From Exclusion to Inclusion: Forging a Multicultural Identity in British Columbia.” Kwantlen Polytechnic University serves a South Fraser Region of vast size and diversity, and is located in the shared traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen First Nations. Kwantlen Polytechnic University is named after the Kwantlen First Nation of the Coast Salish People, who are based in Fort Langley. Over their history, the Kwantlen People have been respected throughout the Lower Fraser River Region as Ancient Messengers—Tireless Runners. The ethic of the Kwantlen People is reflected in the motto of Kwantlen Polytechnic University: “through tireless effort, knowledge, and understanding.”

Visit the conference website here.




2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize


UBC Library announced the 2015 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Book Prize Shortlist.

This annual prize, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a B.C. subject.
The three shortlisted titles are:

French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest by Jean Barman (University of British Columbia Press).
Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnohistory and the Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America by Nancy J. Turner (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
The Sea Among Us: the Amazing Strait of Georgia by Richard Beamish and Gordon Macfarlane, editors (Harbour Publishing).

All 3 titles have been recently reviewed in BC Studies.

The winner will be announced this spring.

Good luck everyone!

Author Event/Book Launch


Join UBC Press for the book launch of Elise Paul's book, Written as I Remember It.

Recently reviewed by Dr. Dorothy Kenndy in BC Studies.  Click here to read the review.

Tuesday, February 24th at VPL Main Branch.

More information here.









Our 11th Annual Online Auction ended yesterday with our biggest total to date!

We raised $4,330 and we couldn't have done it without your help.

Thank-you to our donors and thank-you to our bidders!


Jim Wood talk at VPL Nov 17


Dr. James Wood - British Columbia and the Great War
November 17 2014 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
VPL Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St.
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level

At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, British Columbians volunteered for overseas service with an enthusiasm difficult for modern society to comprehend. Every community in BC provided more than its quota for the first Canadian contingent to make its way across the Atlantic to the battlefields of the Western Front.Drawing from the first-hand accounts of British Columbian soldiers, this presentation will centre on the fears, bonds of friendship, and apprehension of impending battle that became the soldier's experience of the Western Front.

Dr. James Wood is a Professor of History with research interests in Canadian history and war in the modern world.Presented in partnership with The Royal United Services Institute - Vancouver in commemoration of Canada's First World War Centenary.

BCS authors win Blegen Award!


For the third year in a row a BC Studies article has won the Forest History Society's Theodore C. Blegen Award for the best article in forest conservation history!

Congratulations to Nancy J. Turner, Doug Deur and Dana Lepofsky for their award winning article "Plant Management Systems of British Columbia’s First Peoples” published in the Autumn 2013 issue (Number 179) of BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly.

In recognition of this award we are making the article freely accessible on OJS:…/bcst…/article/view/184112/184174

In 2013 Richard Rajala won the award with his article “`Streams Being Ruined from a Salmon Producing Standpoint:’ Clearcutting, Fish Habitat, and Forest Regulation in British Columbia, 1900-45,” BC Studies 176 (Winter 2012-2013), 93-132.…/bcst…/article/view/182928/183752

Lynne Davis won the 2012 award for her article “Home or Global Treasure? Understanding Relationships between the Heiltsuk Nation and Environmentalists,” BC Studies 171 (Autumn 2011), 9-36.…/bcstudies/article/view/1913/2286

Congratulations to all!