We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Indigenous territories and we thank the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for their hospitality.

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The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volumes 1-6

A portion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) mandate laid out in Schedule N to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement [IRSSA] of 2006 said that the Commission was to “Produce and submit to...

Review by J.R. Miller


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The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Volume One: Summary “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future.”

The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) between 2009 and 2015 is especially relevant to British Columbia. Residential schools and their impact are interwoven with the history, contemporary situation, and future development of...

Review by J.R. Miller


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The W̲SÁNEĆ and Their Neighbours: Diamond Jenness on the Coast Salish of Vancouver Island, 1935

Anthropologist Rolf Knight launched a new chapter of Indigenous history in 1978 with the publication of his book, Indians at Work: An Informal History of Native Indian Labour in British Columbia, 1858-1930.[1]  In contrast to...

Review by Wendy Wickwire


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The End of Russian America: Captain P. N. Golovin’s Last Report, 1862

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 50, Summer 1981  

Review by James Gibson


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Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America, 1792: Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra and the Nootka Sound Controversy

The heart of this work, and its raison d’être, is the report of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, dated 2 February 1793 at San Blas, Mexico. This document is not a diary or...

Review by Barry Gough


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McGowan’s War: The Birth of Modern British Columbia on the Fraser River Gold Fields

IN 1858 TENS OF thousands of non-Native goldseekers rushed to the Fraser River in search of gold, a substantial number of them being American citizens who paid little heed to British sovereignty in the region....

Review by Daniel Marshall


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We are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community

As laid out in the First Peoples’ Cultural Council Report on the Status of BC First Nations Languages (2010), since the 1800s, there has been “dramatic decline in the number of fluent speakers” of First...

Review by Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins


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First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship

While Sophie McCall’s book is aimed primarily at readers of Aboriginal literary studies, she hopes that her book also will be of interest to “scholars investigating the problem of textualizing Aboriginal oral narrative.” This review...

Review by Neil Vallance


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Is it a house? Archaeological Excavations at English Camp, San Juan Island, Washington

Synthesizing archaeological research results from the Salish Sea can be a time-consuming task because of the international boundary that currently divides the region. This is further complicated by the rise of cultural resource management archaeology...

Review by Duncan McLaren


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Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts

Telling It To The Judge and Oral History On Trial tackle the problematic reception by Canadian courts of ethno-history and oral history presented by First Nations and their experts. However, Arthur Ray and Bruce Miller...

Review by Bruce Granville Miller


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Treaty Talks in British Columbia: Building a New Relationship 3rd edition

The onset of modern treaty negotiations in British Columbia, in 1993, was greeted with a good measure of optimism. The treaty process, it was hoped, would resolve the long-standing “Indian land question,” meeting both First...

Review by Brian Egan


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The British Columbia Atlas of Child Development

It is not surprising that many ad vocates of social justice for marginalized children and their families in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond eventually suffer professional and personal “burn-out.” Work in this vein has been...

Review by Mona Gleason


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Academic Freedom and the Inclusive University

THIS BOOK SUCCEEDS in exemplifying what it fails to define. It contains seventeen chapters written by academics from the United States and Canada – academics who occupy a variety of positions: college teacher, university administrator,...

Review by Gordon Shrimpton


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Selected Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla & Nesqualy (1846-1879)

During his long tenure as the founding Bishop of Walla Walla and of its successor diocese of Nesqualy, A.M.A. Blanchet meticulously copied (or had copied) his outgoing correspondence. Upon his retirement in 1879, nearly thirty-two...

Review by John Barker


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Through an Unknown Country: The Jarvis-Hanington Winter Expedition through the Northern Rockies, 1874-1875

This miscellany of writings, chiefly by two civil engineers who for parts of their careers  toiled as railway surveyors, aims to carve out a prominent place for them in the history of Canada. Ed Jarvis...

Review by I.S. MacLaren


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Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care

Medicine Unbundled by Gary Geddes is a humanistic look at the survivors from one of our nation’s most shameful institutions alongside residential schools: segregated healthcare facilities and the treatment of Indigenous peoples within these spaces....

Review by Nicole M. Schafenacker


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Britannia’s Navy, On the West Coast of North America 1812 – 1914

This handsome volume, published in hardback with a blue and white dust-cover (featuring E. P. Bedwell’s 1862 painting of the steam-sloop HMS Plumper on the front and a photograph of HMCS Rainbow in Esquimalt, January...

Review by Alexander Howlett


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Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves and Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849- 1925

Landing Native Fisheries is an important contribution to the history of fisheries and a good companion to Harris’ Fish, Law, and Colonialism (2001). This is a serious study that demonstrates conclusively that dispossession of Aboriginal...

Review by Frank Tough


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Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia

The first edition of Go Do Some Great Thing was indeed a “first” in 1978. No book-length survey of the subject then existed, and Kilian’s volume was welcomed as an opportunity for British Columbians to...

Review by Crawford Kilian


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In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada

The issue of voice, its recuperation and responsible representation, has long ranked among Aboriginal history’s central concerns. In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada shares this commitment. Refuting...

Review by Chelsea Horton


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Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada

For years Canadians have been learning about the horrors of the Indian residential schools: from histories that have been written, from the 1996 report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (which blamed the schools...

Review by Daniel Francis


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The Origin of the Wolf Ritual: The Whaling Indians, West Coast Legends and Stories

The Nuu-chah-nulth (formerly known as the Nootka) Wolf Ritual texts re-presented here have had a complex history of authorship and availability within the BC communities from which they were collected for the Anthropological Division of...

Review by Regna Darnell


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The Essentials: 150 Great B.C. Books & Authors

      For this fourth volume in his series on the Literary History of British Columbia, Alan Twigg has set himself the impossible task of  selecting 150 “Great B.C. Books and Authors,” designated as...

Review by Alan Twigg


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Angus McDonald of the Great Divide: The Uncommon Life of a Fur Trader 1816-1889

The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) has been the source for North American historians since the late nineteenth century. From the beginnings of it adventures in the fur trade, the Company’s head office in London sent...

Review by Deidre Simmons