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
If, as Adele Perry suggests, history is cacophony, then the opening of Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) in September 2014 was bound to be discordant. Camped outside the CMHR, Anishinaabe from Shoal Lake...
BC Studies no. 195 Autumn 2017 | Page(s) 161-162
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
OVERVIEW IN MAKING NATIVE SPACE, Cole Harris describes how settlers displaced Aboriginal people from their land in British Columbia,1 painstakingly documenting the creation of Indian reserves in the province from the 1830s to 1938. Informed...
BC Studies no. 141 Spring 2004 | Page(s) 114-8
Colonists seldom embarked alone to new continents, and so the act of “settling” was often the act of creating a “settlement.” Penelope Edmonds’s Urbanizing Frontiers reminds us that the interface between settler and...
BC Studies no. 172 Winter 2011-2012 | Page(s) 130-31
Historian Patrick Wolfe has foregrounded the contradictory condition of Indigenous labour within Euro-American settlement by arguing that mythic narratives of settler diligence coexisted with a heavy reliance on colonized Indigenous labour. As he observes in...
BC Studies no. 191 Autumn 2016 | Page(s) 162-164
Sarah Nickel’s Assembling Unity: Indigenous Politics, Gender and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs is a significant contribution, not only to the history of Indigenous affairs in British Columbia, but to Indigenous history as a...
This is a great time to be writing Aboriginal history. A decade of productive interplay between postcolonial studies, feminist analysis, and new methods of research has opened new interpretive pathways to historians of First Nations....
BC Studies no. 151 Autumn 2006 | Page(s) 102-4
The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism
Keith Thor Carlson’s book focuses on the relationship between history and identity among the Stó:lÅ people of the Lower Fraser River between 1780 and 1906. He examines specific events and broad trends to demonstrate how...
BC Studies no. 172 Winter 2011-2012 | Page(s) 128-9
Liminal spaces make places. This is the central theme of Jean Walton’s book, Mudflat Dreaming, an unconventional work of literary nonfiction that weaves together memoir, film studies, and Vancouver history in the 1970s, a pivotal...
BC Studies no. 202 Summer 2019 | Page(s) 190-192
This brilliant volume of comparative law is written by four distinguished Indigenous legal academic specialists, from the United States (Eastern Shawnee Tribe), New Zealand (Maori — Ngati Rawkawa and Ngati Ranginui), Australia (Eualayai/Gammilaroi), and Canada...
BC Studies no. 180 Winter 2013-2014 | Page(s) 167-169
In Men and Manliness on the Frontier: Queensland and British Columbia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Robert Hogg examines the gendered expectations, manly identities, and lived experiences of British men in mid-nineteenth-century Queensland and British Columbia....
BC Studies no. 189 Spring 2016 | Page(s) 166-67
Westward Bound is a work of remarkable scope and depth. Covering the period from 1886 to 1940, Lesley Erickson uses records from local courts, the Department of Indian Affairs, and the North West Mounted Police...
BC Studies no. 177 Spring 2013 | Page(s) 174-75
Over the past few decades, in settler states like Australia and Canada we have seen increased recognition of the complex nature of relations between Indigenous peoples and nations, on one side, and settler groups and...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 179-180
Masculinity is not an easy concept to define, never mind Indigenous masculinities, and in Indigenous Men and Masculinities, co-editors Robert Innes and Kim Anderson don’t really attempt to define it. In the closing chapter,...
BC Studies no. 193 Spring 2017 | Page(s) 222-224
Much writing on early Canada has sought to explain why Canada is not the United States. The roots of the two countries are alleged to have been very different, and to explain different contemporary societies....
BC Studies no. 185 Spring 2015 | Page(s) 139-40
Orienting Canada: Race, Empire and the Transpacific, Pacific Connections: The Making of the US-Canada Borderlands, Chasing the Dragon in Shanghai: Canada’s Early Relations with China, 1858-1952
BC Studies no. 178 Summer 2013 | Pages 128-131
The history of Canada’s Pacific relations has long been a neglected subject. The general consensus was that Pacific relations were not central to understanding the history of the country and its place in the world....
BC Studies no. 178 Summer 2013 | Page(s) 128-131
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...
BC Studies no. 172 Winter 2011-2012 | Page(s) 132-33
Settler Anxiety at the Outposts of Empire: Colonial Relations, Humanitarian Discourses and the Imperial Press
In May 1861, the British Colonist, a local newspaper in Victoria, Vancouver Island, reported on a “Horrid Massacre in New Zealand.” According to the Colonist, Maori warriors had launched a surprise attack on a small...
BC Studies no. 197 Spring 2018 | Page(s) 172-4
In this book, Grace Li Xiu Woo, a retired member of the BC Bar, steps away from a standard case law analysis and instead analyzes Supreme Court decisions related to Aboriginal and treaty rights based...