Congratulations to Laura Ishiguro - CHA Article Prize Winner!


BC Studies author Laura Ishiguro was awarded the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnictiy and Transnationalism Article Prize at this year's CHA prize ceremony. Ishiguro's winning article, "'Growing up and Grown up ... In Our Future City': Discourses of Childhood and Settler Futurity in Colonial British Columbia," appeared in BC Studies no.190 Histories of Settler ColonialismTo purchase the issue containing Ishiguro's article click here.

The full list of CHA prize winners can be read here.



REFLECTION by Michael Kew


Open access feature: J.E. Michael Kew's "Reflections on Anthropology at the University of British Columbia" is now available to read online! The reflection first appeared in BC Studies no. 193, spring 2017.

Read it here.

Brickyards in Nanaimo Built BC


Did you know Nanaimo had 6 brickyards in the early 20th century? Though short-lived, these brickyards contributed to the foundations of British Columbia as we now know it. Click here to read Greg Sakaki's article "Timeless tales: Nanaimo’s bricks helped build B.C."

The article also references John D. Adams' article "Bricks in Pre -1871 Victoria: Their Manufacture, Trade and Use," published in BC Studies no.74, summer 1987. Read Adams' article here.

BC Studies 2017: A Peek at the Program


The 2017 BC Studies conference is fast approaching. Get a sneak peek of what this year's conference will cover here

Registration for the conference is still available here.

BC Studies 2017 will be held May 4-6 at Vancouver Island University


Book Launch and Readings at Nanaimo Art Gallery


The Nanaimo Art Gallery is launching their first major publication, Black Diamond Dust. The launch will feature readings by BC Studies author and local historian Lynne Bowen. Other readers include curator and co-editor Jesse Birch, and Vancouver based artist and writer Elisa Ferrari. There will also be a reception with beverages, book signings and an opportunity to see the gallery's current exhibition Landfall and Departure: Prologue.

The publication expands on the contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust referes to coal mining, an industry that formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labour inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, through artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images.

Enjoy this free event Thursday, March 16th at 7pm at the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Read Lynne Bowen's "Friendly Societies in Nanaimo: The British Tradition of Self-Help in a Canadian Coal-Mining Community" here.


New Exhibit - Earl Grey Pass Trail


History of the Earl Grey Pass Trail

The Earl Grey Pass Trail traverses the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy from Argenta via Hamill Creek on the west to Toby Creek and Invermere on the east. The exhibit tells the history of the trail using indigenous oral history, old maps, historic photos, accounts from those who have visited the area, information on the lobbying efforts to encourage the establishment of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy in 1974 and restoration work over the years until the present day. The exhibit features ‘Then and Now’ video sequences that compare a glacier and valley between 1909 and 2015.

This exhibit is curated by the Kootenay Lake Archives, Kaslo, BC to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary. 

The exhibit will be at the Langham Cultural Centre in Kaslo from March 10 to April 30, 2017.  Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday, 1 – 4pm.