Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review
What stays with you after watching Charles Wilkinson’s new documentary, Vancouver: No Fixed Address, is its beautiful cinematography. Vancouver’s ideal location at the intersection of the ocean, the mountains, and the sky is captured brilliantly: every shot...
BC Studies no. 201 Spring 2019 | Page(s) 165-166
Decolonizing Discipline is a direct response to the sixth call of action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to repeal Section 43 of Canada’s criminal code, which allows corporal punishment “to correct what is...
BCS no. 210 Summer 2021 | Page(s) 113-115
The Object’s the Thing: The Writings of Yorke Edwards, a Pioneer of Heritage Interpretation in Canada
When we visit a nature park or a museum, do we consider how interpretation contributed to our experience? For Yorke Edwards, “the father of nature interpretation in Canada,” interpreting the object is “the thing.” As...
BCS no. 210 Summer 2021 | Page(s) 115-116
George Abbott was a cabinet minister for twelve years in the BC Liberal governments of Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark. In Big Promises, Small Government, he reflects on his tenure in the first Campbell government...
BCS no. 210 Summer 2021 | Page(s) 120-122
Against the Current and Into the Light: Performing History and Land in Coast Salish Territories and Vancouver’s Stanley Park
Coast Salish Indigenous people never ceded their lands and resources to settlers and have always asserted their sovereignty. Over time, those assertions have taken various forms: petitions, protests, litigation. There have also been cultural assertions...
The revised third edition of Kilian Crawford’s ground-breaking book on BC’s Black pioneers is timely and essential reading. It is a critical corrective to omissions and erasure in both academic histories and in popular understandings,...
BC Studies No. 209 Spring 2021 | Page(s) 131-132
In 2013 the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Charles Edenshaw exhibition brought together three argillite platters made in the late 1880s by Da.a. xiigang, Charles Edenshaw – one from the Field Museum in Chicago, one from the...
BC Studies No. 209 Spring 2021 | Page(s) 142-145
John Moore is a BC-based free-lance journalist and author. Original versions of the sixteen essays that make up this volume have appeared in a variety of newspapers and periodicals over several decades. Some have won...
BC Studies no. 207 Autumn 2020 | Page(s) 141-142
Nothing to Write Home About: British Family Correspondence and the Settler Everyday in British Columbia
The history of colonial British Columbia is, in many respects, well-trodden ground. Over the past few decades, scholars like Jean Barman, Cole Harris, and Adele Perry have made multiple transformative contributions to our understanding of...
BC Studies no. 206 Summer 2020 | Page(s) 122-124
Many familiar with Imbert Orchard’s CBC radio interviews from the 1960s will welcome this publication of transcriptions of oral interviews relating to the history of the Skeena River together with forty illustrations executed by the...
BC Studies no. 205 Spring 2020 | Page(s) 123-124
This book examines the trans-Pacific mobility of migrants, products, images and ideas as part of the great global diaspora of Chinese people. As China has modernised and globalised, aspects of its self-transformation have been exported...
BC Studies no. 205 Spring 2020 | Page(s) 111-112
Veronica Strong-Boag is one of Canada’s most distinguished women’s historians. One of the major themes of her publishing career has been Canadian women’s struggle for the vote. Strong-Boag’s expertise in the field is very much...
BC Studies no. 205 Spring 2020 | Page(s) 118-119
Shirley D. Stainton’s Children of the Kootenays: Memories of Mining Towns describes her own and her brother Ray’s childhoods in West Kootenay mining communities during the 1930s and 1940s. Stainton’s father, Lee Hall, was a cook...
BC Studies no. 204 Winter 2019/20 | Page(s) 213-214
Tamara Starblanket is a Nehiyaw (Cree) legal scholar from Ahthakakoop First Nation and is currently the Dean of Academics at the Native Education College in Vancouver, which is located on the traditional territories of the...
BC Studies no. 204 Winter 2019/20 | Page(s) 214-216
Between 2011 and 2016, the population of the District of West Vancouver declined by one half of one percent. In contrast, the population of Metro Vancouver grew 6.5%; even the comparably wealthy West Point Grey...
BC Studies no. 204 Winter 2019/20 | Page(s) 212-213
Cathy Converse’s Following the Curve of Time: The Untold Story of Capi Blanchet is a companion piece to Blanchet’s coastal travelogue The Curve of Time and one that enriches its reading. Both monographs offer detailed accounts of...
BC Studies no. 203 Autumn 2019 | Page(s) 153-154
Song of the Earth tells the story of Alfred Joseph, the Witsuwit’en hereditary chief and lead plaintiff in the landmark Delgamuukw-Gisday wa court case that first articulated the doctrine of Aboriginal title in Canada. Joseph grew up...
BC Studies no. 202 Summer 2019 | Page(s) 182-183
This modest book aims to preserve the vanishing world of the Cariboo homesteader. It recounts a life of geographic isolation, in Secwépemc traditional territory, that bred both freedom and self-reliance. Life in this context also cultivated...
BC Studies no. 202 Summer 2019 | Page(s) 183-184
The 40th anniversary reprint of the original, classic study, Indian Fishing,has arrived. Its author is the multi-talented graphic artist, photographer, archeological fieldworker/ethnographer, and museum exhibit curator, the late Hilary Stewart. For only one of these many skills...
BC Studies no. 201 Spring 2019 | Page(s) 151-152
My childhood vacations did not involve the sophisticated technology that keeps my children (relatively) quiet in the backseat today. Apart from what I recall to be my endless patience on those long and winding drives...