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.

Blog Post from Former BCTF President


Read our latest blog post "Public Education Under BC'S Liberals: FIfteen Years of Willful Neglect," written by former British Columbia Teachers' Federation President Susan Lambert. 


BC Studies Prize - 2016

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 BC Studies Prize:
Winner: Sabina Trimble, "Storying Swílcha: Place-making and Power at a Stó:lõ Landmark,”  BC Studies no. 190, Histories of Settler Colonialism (Summer 2016).
Runner up: Thomas McIlwraith and Raymond Corimer,  "Making Place for Space: Site-specific Land Use and Occupancy Studies in the Context of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Tsilhqot'in Decision," BC Studies no. 188 (Winter 2015/16) 

Recipients of the BC Studies Prize receive a specially-commissioned piece of art work by Musqueam artist Susan Point and will immediately be placed on Open Access on our OJS site. 




Join Us This Sunday for our Issue Launch!


To celebrate the launch of BC Studies special issue 192 Nikkei History, the Nikkei National Museum is hosting a launch! Come join us this Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Details listed on poster.

Take a look at the issue's content or order a copy here

nikkei launch