Caroline Fox presents in the guise of an account of her experiences as a field biologist a wonderful memoir of coastal British Columbia. Onboard the sailboat Achiever, her job was to survey birds from Vancouver Island to...
BC Studies no. 201 Spring 2019 | Page(s) 149-105
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
In the spring of 2018, hundreds of people gathered between city hall and the public library in downtown Bellingham, Washington, to witness the dedication of a 10-ton granite “Arch of Reconciliation,” a monument to and...
BC Studies no. 201 Spring 2019 | Page(s) 152-153
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Sometime between 1720 and 1850, late in summer, an eighteen-year-old man was traveling in an icefield in the present-day territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, in what is now Northwestern British Columbia. Well...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 171-2
We all remember them. I know that I do. Having spent a summer in my youth washing dishes at Fort Steele heritage town, I remember the wooden boardwalks, the ramshackle buildings, the yellow school buses...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 172-5
Read British Columbia by the Road backwards. Or forwards. It doesn’t matter. Like the highways themselves, you can drive Ben Bradley’s bright, engaging work on automobility, identity, and landscape in British Columbia’s Interior in different directions. Stop...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 175-6
“You can get anywhere if you have the time” (106). Kylik Kisoun, an Inuvialuit guide from Inuvik, said this to Brian Castner when Castner, with the help of four friends, canoed the length of the...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 176-8
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....
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 178-9
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
In the 1764 Treaty of Niagara, representatives of the British Crown met with a gathering of more than two thousand Indigenous leaders and committed that North American settlement would only proceed with Indigenous consent. At...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 180-2
The Supreme Court of Canada’s approach to Aboriginal identity is fraudulent and harmful to Indigenous peoples in Canada. This is essentially the conclusion reached by Professor Panagos in his new book. Although this conclusion is...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 182-3
Released in 2017 to coincide with national ‘Canada 150’ celebrations, Jay Sherwood’s Surveying the Great Divide also affords an opportunity to reflect on a period of productive inter-provincial cooperation a century ago, at a moment...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 183-4
Cole Harris’s Ranch in the Slocan: A Biography of a Kootenay Farm, 1896 – 2017 is delightful summer reading. It is, primarily, a history of the Harris family’s Bosun Ranch and a record of the lives of...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 185-6
In Emily Patterson: The Heroic Life of a Milltown Nurse, Lisa Smith transports the reader to late nineteenth century Pacific Northwest and evocatively offers a history of an extraordinary woman living through extraordinary times. Born in...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 186-7
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...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 188-9
Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration and City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes
Vancouver has always had a volatile streak; it’s a key ingredient of the city’s identity, a theme in the story Vancouverites tell themselves about their place in the world. Perhaps political polarization, western alienation, protests,...
BC Studies no. 199 Autumn 2018 | Page(s) 190-1
In February of 2011, I was the moderator for the BC Liberal Leadership candidates’ debate in Prince George, British Columbia. As the evening got underway I saw Christy Clark enter the room. She caught my...