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...
BC Studies no. 191 Autumn 2016 | Page(s) 167-169
The publication of Tina Loo’s States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century marks the coming of age of the field of Canadian environmental history. In some respects, this statement may seem over...
BC Studies no. 154 Summer 2007 | Page(s) 131-4
This multidisciplinary, transnational volume is a welcome addition to treaty literature in Canada and the United States. Situating treaty-making in the Pacific Northwest within a broader global context of imperialism and colonial indigenous-settler relations, the...
BC Studies no. 171 Autumn 2011 | Page(s) 133-135
Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism is one of those unique edited volumes in which the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. As suggested in the subtitle, the legacy of J.S. Woodsworth...
BC Studies no. 172 Winter 2011-2012 | Page(s) 141-45
Transportation and communication technologies have played an integral role in modernizing British Columbia by reconfiguring possibilities of movement and exchange. As Cole Harris has pointed out in The Resettlement of British Columbia (1997), the...
BC Studies no. 181 Spring 2014 | Page(s) 138-40
New Media / Exhibition Review
Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō -Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley (Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre and Stó:lō Nation, 2016) is a virtual museum in the form of a website that reflects a collaborative...
BC Studies no. 194 Summer 2017 | Page(s) 195-197
New Media / Exhibition Review
In/consequential Relationships: Refusing Colonial Ethics of Engagement in Yuxweluptun’s Inherent Rights, Vision Rights
On the closing day of the Museum of Anthropology’s Unceded Territories exhibit of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s art, crowds formed queues long enough to snake through the halls and to pack the exhibit space for the...
BC Studies no. 193 Spring 2017 | Page(s) 187-192
In Citizen Docker Andrew Parnaby explores industrial relations on the Vancouver waterfront during the interwar years. The analysis is linked to a broader consideration of the transition to the welfare state and the new industrial...
BC Studies no. 160 Winter 2008-2009 | Page(s) 139-141
“It is inconceivable, I think,” asserted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1969, “that in a given society, one section of the society have a treaty with the other section of the society. We must be...
BC Studies no. 170 Summer 2011 | Page(s) 174-175
This is a journalist’s book about one of the crucial issues of our time: growing inequality. As Thomas Piketty has shown in his careful study of Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014) the tendency for...
BC Studies no. 189 Spring 2016 | Page(s) 186-87
Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy: Four Provinces in Comparative Perspective
This is a book that I will use in two of my university courses: one on Canadian political economy and the other on labour policy. It is well researched, deals with issues that have immediate...
BC Studies no. 153 Spring 2007 | Page(s) 119-21
Kristin R. Good, a political scientist, accomplished two main objectives in this book: (1) investigating how and why municipalities responded to dramatic changes in their ethno-cultural composition and (2) evaluating her findings about municipal multicultural...
BC Studies no. 170 Summer 2011 | Page(s) 177-179
Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism
Australia is one of the few countries of the world where academics and politicians often debate interpretations of their country’s history in the national media. They focus on the story of Aborigine-settler relations. Even the...
BC Studies no. 154 Summer 2007 | Page(s) 137-9
The negotiation and signing of the numbered treaties with First Nations groups in Western Canada, followed shortly thereafter by the opening of the territory to Euro-Canadian settlement, served to consolidate the country’s sovereignty over the...
BC Studies no. 176 Winter 2012-2013 | Page(s) 167-8
Victor Stevenson’s longstanding personal and professional attachment to Vancouver’s Bessborough Armoury is reflected in his concise and well-researched account of the building’s history. Having served as both honourary colonel of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment,...
BC Studies no. 174 Summer 2012 | Page(s) 141-43
With 235,000 people experiencing homelessness each year in Canada, the nature and quality of the state response are crucial to preventing and ultimately ending homelessness. Doberstein’s analysis of the role governance networks –groups of community...
BC Studies no. 203 Autumn 2019 | Page(s) 165-166
Buckerfield tells the story of one of Vancouver’s most important business families. The story is structured around two narrative strands. One is the business history of the family patriarch, Edward Ernest Buckerfield, the New Brunswick-born...
BC Studies no. 186 Summer 2015 | Page(s) 177-78
I grew up ten minutes away from Eslha7án, the Mission Indian Reserve, in what is today known as North Vancouver, which is part of the territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw or Squamish Nation. Yet I...
BC Studies no. 196 Winter 2017-2018 | Page(s) 156-158
Do the theories and worldviews of the Enlightenment unfold all there is to know about reality? Can the political relationships between Canadians and Indigenous peoples be mended solely through Eurocentric remedies? Can settler Canadians and...
BC Studies no. 177 Spring 2013 | Page(s) 171-72
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
Solemn Words and Foundational Documents: An Annotated Discussion of Indigenous-Crown Treaties in Canada, 1752-1923
When the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015 it drew attention to the importance of treaty making in the history of Crown-Indigenous relations in Canada. Treaty making, the...