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BC Studies no. 196 Winter 2017-2018

Perspectives on Gold Rush BC

Features THIS SPACE HERE interviews with Jacinda Mack, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM), and with Glenn Grande, Fair Mining Collaborative (FMC); ARTICLES by Robert Galois, Thomas Mills, Brian Pegg, Andrew D. Nelson, and Tara Lamothe-Ammerlaan, Daniel Brendle-Moczuk, Glenn Grande, and Amy Cook; and a FILM REVIEW ESSAY by Tyler Hagan.

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This Space Here

This Space Here

Interview with Glenn Grande, FMC  

By Glenn Grande, BC Studies

This Space Here

Interview with Jacinda Mack, FNWARM  

By Jacinda Mack, BC Studies



General Location MapCartography  

By Eric Leinberger


The New Gold Rush: Placer Mining in the Fraser Watershed  

By Tara Lamothe-Ammerlaan, Daniel Brendle-Moczuk, Glenn Grande, Amy Crook

Terms | environment mining salmon

Review Essays

review essay

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Reviews

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

The Native Voice: The Story of How Maisie Hurley and Canada’s First Aboriginal Newspaper Changed a Nation

Update June 2020: The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is proud to present the online release (free, accessible worldwide & in perpetuity) of The Road Forward on nfb.ca — The Native Voice and The Road Forward provide unique, though...

By Tonio Sadik

Book Reviews

Book Review

Britannia’s Navy, On the West Coast of North America 1812 – 1914

This handsome volume, published in hardback with a blue and white dust-cover (featuring E. P. Bedwell’s 1862 painting of the steam-sloop HMS Plumper on the front and a photograph of HMCS Rainbow in Esquimalt, January...

By Alexander Howlett

Book Review

The Slocan History Series

          Edited by Cole Harris, the Slocan History Series began with four booklets that focus primarily on the mining “boom days” of the 1890s and their long-term effects on the region....

By Duff Sutherland

Book Review

Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

During the First World War, 2,845 women enlisted as lieutenant nursing sisters in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) (39), but over the ensuing century their experiences of service have largely gone untold. They comprised...

By Sarah Glassford

Book Review

War-Torn Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of Nursing Sisters Laura Holland and Mildred Forbes

For four turbulent years (June 1915 to May 1919) Nursing Sisters Laura Holland and Mildred Forbes served together in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, taking on new administrative and bedside nursing roles in joint postings...

By C.M. Haney

Book Review

Remembered in Bronze and Stone: Canada’s Great War Memorial Statuary

In the two decades following the Great War, Canadian sculptors, architects and stonemasons produced over four thousand war monuments in the form of plaques, shafts, crosses, obelisks, stelae and figurative sculptures. Some were paid for...

By Maria Tippett

Book Review

Death in the Peaceable Kingdom: Canadian History since 1867 Through Murder, Execution, Assassination and Suicide

Two decades ago, a prominent conservative academic smacked down Canadian university instructors with the provocatively-titled Who Killed Canadian History? J.L. Granatstein’s answer was, in part, social history and the historians who taught it. Social historian...

By Larry Hannant

Book Review

Tending the Student Body: Youth, Health, and the Modern University

This fine piece of work provides new insights into the way the nature and culture of life in Canadian universities changed during the first sixty years of the twentieth century. Based on a careful review...

By Donald Fisher

Book Review

The Secular Northwest: Religion and Irreligion in Everyday Postwar Life

Scholarly endeavours, at their best, are richly textured conversations with a wide range of considered opinion and new sources that reveal dimensions of a subject previously hidden. Tina Block conducts such an endeavor focusing on...

By Brian Fraser

Book Review

Learning and Teaching Together: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Education

Students must become aware of how ambition, self-gratification, power, and control as purposes for learning are forms of self-deception that must be avoided because they lead eventually to the misuse of knowledge and the further...

By Michael Marker

Book Review

Belonging Métis

The title of Belonging Métis is apt because the book illuminates the common twenty-first century Métis condition of yearning for belonging. Having been alienated from their geographical homeland on the Prairies beginning in 1870 when...

By Jennifer Hayter

Book Review

The Amazing Mazie Baker: The Squamish Nation’s Warrior Elder

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...

By Sean Carleton

Book Review

Community Forestry in Canada: Lessons from Policy and Practice

In Community Forestry in Canada, Sara Teitelbaum brings together a rich array of case studies –including four cases focused on British Columbia – that depict the remarkable variation in regional dynamics within community forestry politics...

By Erika Bland

Book Review

Canadian Counterculture and the Environment

Contemporary environmental debate owes a lot to the counterculture movements of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. This is one of the main contentions of Canadian Countercultures and the Environment, the fourth book published under the...

By James Rhatigan

Book Review

Unfree Labour?: Struggles of Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada

Canada has a long history of reliance on the labour of both permanent immigrants and migrant workers. In recent decades, the number of migrant workers entering Canada has increased significantly relative to permanent immigrants. A...

By Sarah Marsden

Book Review

Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle

A decade ago, the labour historian Paul Buhle suggested in Reviews of American History that graphic novels and non-fiction comics would become an increasingly important medium for the exploration of historical topics. Since then, the...

By Eryk Martin

Book Review

Protest and Politics: The Promise of Social Movement Societies

Over the last ten years, Canada has seen recurring waves of protest including Occupy, Idle No More, and Black Lives Matter, among others. This collection provides an account of the role of protest in contemporary...

By Miriam Smith

Book Review

Queer Mobilizations: Social Movement Activism and Canadian Public Policy

In recent years, Canada has extolled itself as a bastion of queer rights on the global stage. British Columbia, in particular, puts forth an image of itself as progressive. But what histories do these claims...

By Anika Stafford

Book Review

Growing Up Weird: A Memoir of an Oak Bay Childhood

In Growing Up Weird: A Memoir of an Oak Bay Childhood, author Liz Maxwell Forbes provides a very personal account of childhood in a British Columbia community in the 1940s and 1950s. Drawing from her...

By Caroline Duncan

Book Review

Gently to Nagasaki

Joy Kogawa’s place in literary history has been secure since 1981, when Obasan swayed more hearts and minds than art can generally hope to do. Told from the point of view of a six-year-old girl,...

By Susan Knutson



Daniel Brendle-Moczuk is the geospatial and social sciences data librarian at the University of Victoria (BC) and has interest in all thingsgeospatial.

Amy Crook was the executive director of Fair Mining Collaborative from 2010-2017, which provides technical assistance to public interest and Indigenous groups in western Canada and Alaska. Ms. Crook has been conducting technical reviews of mining developments for 30 years, lending her expertise to assist communities with the full spectrum of analysis, information, meetings, strategy, advocacy, training, and networking
that may be needed in dealing with mining concerns large and small. Previously, Amy conducted similar work through the Centre for Science in Public Participation and the state of Alaska. Currently you’ll find Amy deeply involved in creating a Fibre Shed on Vancouver Island, in her garden, or dyeing, spinning and weaving in her studio. Amy lives in the Comox Valley, BC and holds an MSc in Fisheries Management and Statistics from Oregon State University and a BSc in Natural Resource Management from University of Michigan.

Robert Galois began his academic career in Canada with a study of gold mining in the Cariboo region. Since then he moved on to studying the encounters between First Nations and settler society in British Columbia. He has taught courses on this topic (mostly at UBC) but more of his time has been taken up with working for First Nations (including the Haida). This has involved preparation of reports for Specific Claims and Title Actions, and occasionally appearing as an expert witness.

Glenn Grande has a Juris Doctorate from the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC, with a focus on Aboriginal Law, inherent rights, and self-determination. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree through Thompson Rivers University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Vancouver Island University. A certified teacher, Glenn has taught all grade levels in First Nations communities throughout British Columbia. Glenn is of aboriginal (Cree) ancestry and volunteers on the board of directors at the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre. At the VACPC, Glenn supports services, programs, and aid for the Aboriginal population of Vancouver’s downtown eastside and collaborates to resolve the challenging relationship between Aboriginal people and the police, not only in Vancouver but throughout BC and Canada. Glenn is also a former magazine publisher, and served for three years as a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Tyler Hagan is a Canadian-Métis filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. His producing credits include Never Steady, Never Still (2017), and the shorts No Words Came Down (2011), JIMBO (2013), Never Steady, Never Still (2015, short), all of which have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival with two being selected by TIFF for Canada’s Top Ten. His directorial work has shown at Berlinale and includes work with the NFB, CBC, and the Museum of Anthropology. He is currently a Master’s candidate in History at the UBC and received his BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University.

Tara Lamothe-Ammerlaan is a project manager with the Fair Mining Collaborative. She is Métis, from Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. Tara earned her Honours BSc in Biogeography from the University of Toronto and currently lives in Comox, BC.

Thomas Mills recently completed a Master of Arts degree in History at Concordia University. His research is currently focused on the informal legal practices of mining communities in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-to-late nineteenth century. He is a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Digital Archives Management at McGill University’s School of Information Studies.

Andrew Nelson has had a lifelong passion for chasing water. As a fluvial geomorphologist with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, Andrew works constantly to understand the world’s rivers, specializing in quantitative geomorphic assessment linking sediment transport and channel morphodynamics. Human impact on these processes has been tremendous and so seeking to understand variability in sediment supply leads him into occasional forays into the fields of historical and environmental geography. The impact of placer mining in the Fraser River basin has been a particular interest of Andrew’s since his graduate work studying the topic at UBC from 2008 through 2011.

Brian Pegg is a faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at KPU. He is director of KPU’s Applied Archaeology Field School and has mentored many students who have gone on to careers in archaeology and anthropology. He lives in Vancouver with two cats, a physical anthropologist, and a baseball-playing teenager.