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BC Studies no. 189 Spring 2016

Featuring articles by Anika Nicole Stafford, Tom Langford, Ben Bradley, Nichole Dusyk, Katharine Dickerson, and Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa.

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Book Reviews

Book Review

Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Canadian Women’s Authorship

This precisely researched and engaging study enlarges our understanding of the archive by focusing on the decisions taken by or imposed on five Canadian women writers about the disposition of their papers or literary record....

By Patricia Demers

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Salmon: A Scientific Memoir

Inspired by John Steinbeck, journalist Jude Isabella combines narrative and knowledge in a well-crafted and informative ode to the Pacific coast. Her accounts of salmon, science and history are drawn from her studies and from...

By Stephen Bocking

Book Review

The Answer is Still No: Voices of Pipeline Resistance

The Answer is Still No is a disparate collection of voices united in opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines: First Nations activists and hereditary chiefs, members of the environmental movement establishment and those self-consciously on...

By Jonathan Peyton

Book Review

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the catalogue of arguably one of the most important exhibitions of Canadian art in recent history, which in turn dealt with one of the most transformative art movements...

By Vytas Narusevicius

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A Natural Selection: Building a Conservation Community on Sidney Island

In many British Columbia communities diverse actors have long fought to protect their ecological treasures. Their struggles have played a part in preventing the degradation of vast expanses of land: about 14 million hectares (14.4...

By Erika Bland

Book Review

Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War

The centenary of the First World War currently being commemorated has only further sparked our perpetual fascination with that conflict. With the eyewitnesses now gone, we are left to ponder the records and reflections they...

By Sarah Glassford

Book Review

Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada

This book changes how we should think about visual culture and art history in Canada. By focusing on how the visual has been shaped by liberal and neo-liberal ideologies of individualism, property rights, and progress...

By John O’Brian

Book Review

Vancouver Blue: A Life Against Crime

Wayne Cope joined the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in 1975, the fulfillment of a childhood dream to be a police officer. Like most police memoirs, Cope’s is filled with anecdotal stories, some humorous and some...

By Bonnie Reilly Schmidt

Book Review

New Perspectives on the Gold Rush

Under editor Kathryn Bridge, New Perspectives on the Gold Rush teams up academic historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals in an effort to add previously marginalized voices to traditional histories of British Columbia’s gold rush. Despite...

By Mica Jorgenson

Book Review

Names on a Cenotaph: Kootenay Lake Men in World War I

Sylvia Crooks’s Homefront and Battlefront: Nelson BC in World War II (2005) brought to life the lives of all the men honoured on the Nelson cenotaph and the impact of the war on their families...

By Duff Sutherland

Book Review

Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur

Reading these two books in tandem is a reminder, if one were needed, that all is relational. Considered in isolation, each work offers illuminating insights into imperial hunting culture in the American West. Read in...

By Elizabeth Vibert

Book Review

Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

Judging a book by the cover, we are told, is never a good idea. In this case the artwork by Dana Claxton implies an ironic, wind-in-his-hair-style cruise down a testosterone highway. Twenty-three authors, including eight...

By Eldon Yellowhorn

Book Review

Legacy in Time: Three Generations of Mountain Photography in the Canadian West

British Columbia and Alberta are home to the most iconic mountain landscapes in Canada. To many of us, visitors and Canadians alike, these landscapes are the embodiment of Canada. They tempt us to stop, explore,...

By Mary Sanseverino

Book Review

Drawn to Sea: Paintbrush to Chainsaw: Carving out a life on BC’s Rugged Raincoast.

Ever since Muriel Wylie Blanchet’s The Curve of Time (1961), memoirs of some of the west coast’s most tough and toothsome women have enjoyed a prominent position on BC Ferry gift shop bookshelves. Recent publications such...

By Molly Clarkson

Book Review

Whose Culture Is It, Anyway? Community Engagement in Small Cities

Whose Culture Is It, Anyway? addresses important questions about the contribution of arts and culture in small and medium sized cities and the ethos and ethics of supporting cultural development in these environments. Small and...

By Eric Brown

Book Review

The Gold Will Speak For Itself: Peter Leech and Leechtown

Vancouver Island has a distinctive personality among the regions of British Columbia, one that has been shaped in complex ways by geography and history. The books reviewed here vary in their candlepower, but all of...

By Patrick Dunae

Book Review

The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr.

  During his round-the-world voyage in 1842, Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Governor George Simpson arrived at Fort Stikine and discovered that chief trader John McLoughlin Jr. had been killed. Two recent books discuss this event....

By Corey Larson

Book Review

A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia.

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...

By Warren Magnusson

Book Review

Men and Manliness on the Frontier: Queensland and British Columbia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

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....

By Laura Ishiguro

Book Review

The Laird of Fort William: William McGillivray and the North West Company

In The Laird of Fort William: William McGillivray and the North West Company, Irene Gordon, a true daughter of the Saskatchewan prairies, has provided an informative outline of the western operations of the North West...

By Robert Foxcurran and John Jackson

Book Review

Bootleggers and Borders: The Paradox of Prohibition on a Canada-US Borderland

Given how contentious relations between Canada and the US became during the American Prohibition era (1917-1933), it is surprising how little scholarly work has been done on the subject. There are many popular books about...

By Daniel Francis

Book Review

The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer who Opened the Northwest

Barry Gough has masterfully grappled with the challenge of interpreting an important figure in the Canadian fur trade in his book, The Elusive Mr. Pond: The Soldier, Fur Trader and Explorer who Opened the Northwest....

By George Colpitts

Book Review

The Railway Beat: A Century of Canadian Pacific Police Service

The Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR) experimented with many different forms of policing throughout its long history. How do you protect a 2,000-mile transportation network that keeps growing? David Laurence Jones’s The Railway Beat looks...

By Heather Longworth Sjoblom

Book Review

Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies and Human Communities in British Columbia.

This is a thought-provoking book. Focussing on the rangelands of Interior British Columbia, John Thistle describes how commercial ranching begot inequities, dispossessions, and ecological degradation. All, according to his analysis, were avoidable. Resettling the Range...

By Max Foran

Book Review

Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands

This multiple award-winning collection considers Aboriginal women through a regional approach. Its essays contribute to several intersecting historiographies: women’s and gender histories, Aboriginal women’s history, and biography. Beyond these, the works are unified through their...

By Susan Neylan



Ben Bradley is a Grant Notley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History & Classics ay the University of Alberta. In 2011, with Jenny Clayton, he guest-edited Provincial Parks, a special issue of BC Studies (no. 170).

Katharine Dickerson is a lecturer emeritus at Alberta College of Art and Design where she taught for thirty years before retiring in 2007. She has over sixty years of weaving experience and her work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions. In 2002 she published the article “Making Meaning, Aho Tapu: The Sacred Weft”, in Crafts Perception and Practice: A Canadian Discourse, edited by Paula Gustafson (Ronsdale Press). The majority of her research has been con- ducted through living and working with Salish, Maori, and Aboriginal twiners and incorporating that knowledge into her studio practice.

Nichole Dusyk is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the intersection of energy and participatory governance. She has completed work on municipal energy planning and the development of large-scale renewable energy in British Columbia, including studies of the City of Dawson Creek, the Bear Mountain Wind Park, and the Site C Hydroelectric Project. Her current research examines the discourses of legitimacy and construction of environmental subjectivities created via the regulatory review of pipelines.

Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa recently retired as Director, Research Services, at Vancouver Island University. She is enrolled at Olds College, Alberta, in the Master Spinners program, where she has completed the six years of coursework and is completing an applied spinning research project which focuses on Coast Salish spinning.

Tom Langford teaches courses on social inequalities, labour unions, Alberta society, and research methodologies as a member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. His previous work on the Crowsnest Pass includes a book co-edited with Wayne Norton, A World Apart: The Crowsnest Communities of Alberta and British Columbia (Plateau Press, 2002).

Anika Stafford’s research focuses on children and gender justice and spans sociological and historical methods. Her book, Is It Still a Boy? Heteronormativity in Kindergarten, is forthcoming with UBC Press. Dr. Stafford completed her SSHRC-funded PhD with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She is currently conducting SSHRC postdoctoral research on gender, sexuality, and children’s recreational programming during the Cold War era.