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BC Studies no. 202 Summer 2019

Arts, Crafts, and Healing: Understanding Social Citizenship in British Columbia.

Guest Edited by Geertje Boschma, Sasha Mullally, Megan J. Davies, and Alison Phinney.

Featuring Digital Story Practice Exemplars which can be viewed here.

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Citizenship Theory and Health Practices: Creative Work in Care and Rehabilitation  

By Geertje Boschma, Sasha Mullally, Megan J. Davies, Alison Phinney

The Front

The Front

Rocking Orca  

By Work 2 Give Partnership Program (Correctional Services Canada and Tŝilhqot’in First Nation)

This Space Here

This Space Here



Digital Stories

Digital Story

Art-Craft Practice Exemplars: Making Space for Art, Healing, and Community

Introduction to the Practice Exemplars

By Megan J. Davies

Digital Story

PRACTICE EXEMPLAR: Land & Sea Project: Community Ecosystem Reconnection

Our time together was confessional, vulnerable, uncomfortable, hopeful. Some people shared powerful stories of connecting with the land, and the healing that they received; others shared the healing that they’ve seen in the ecosystems, such as chum salmon runs...

By Rebecca Graham

Terms | oral history rehabilitation Indigenous worlds salmon

Digital Story

PRACTICE EXEMPLAR: A Night for All Souls: An interview with Paula Jardine

An event like Night of All Souls gives people the opportunity to develop their own traditions. By leaving memorials for grandparents and other ancestors, we acknowledge their presence in our lives. There are young people now in Vancouver who cannot...

By Megan Davies

Digital Story


The Memory Project: Critical Collective Memory Work with LGBTQ Seniors I had to either jump off the bridge or don’t even go on the damn bridge. If I decided to show the pain I was...

By Claire Elizabeth Robson

Terms | elderly LGBT[Q+]

Digital Story

PRACTICE EXEMPLAR: Dance, Dementia, and Social Citizenship

Intergenerational Dance in Long-Term Residential Care: Social Citizenship in Dementia Care – Shelley Canning Seven girls from a Mission, BC elementary school were introduced to a group of elders at a local care facility. Every...

By Darren Blakeborough and Shelley Canning

Terms | dance mental health citizenship elderly

Book Reviews

Book Review

Selling Out or Buying In? Debating Consumerism in Vancouver and Victoria, 1945-1985

Today we live in a consumer-oriented culture in which material items help to define who we are, or, who we want to be. To meet our material needs, stores are now open seven days a...

By Dr. Matthew J. Bellamy

Book Review

Song of the Earth: The Life of Alfred Joseph

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...

By Tyler McCreary

Book Review

Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley

Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley is a collection of memoirs by thirty-two women who came to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in the 1970s. Drawn by an...

By Shirley McDonald

Book Review

Trail North: The Okanagan Trail of 1858-68 and Its Origins in British Columbia and Washington

In Trail North, Ken Mather directs our attention to a relatively forgotten part of British Columbian history: the trails linking the interior of British Columbia to the Columbia Plateau of Washington and their contribution to...

By Christopher Herbert

Book Review

A Mill Behind Every Stump

This modest book aims to preserve the vanishing world of the Cariboo homesteader.  It recounts a life of geographic isolation, in Secwépemc traditional territory, that bred both freedom and self-reliance. Life in this context also cultivated...

By David Brownstein

Book Review

The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1885

In a wonderfully detailed and researched volume, Jack F. Dunn has created a study that is a worthy addition to Brendan and Horall’s Red Coats on the Prairiesand R.C. Macleod’s NWMP and Law Enforcement.  Focusing...

By Dr. Soren I. Fanning

Book Review

Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada

Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada is a fold-out display-ready wall map of Canada, hypsometrically tinted to highlight the physiographic landscape of the northern portion of North America, and labeled entirely and only in...

By Ken Brealey

Book Review

Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast

The sea draws many, to many destinies.  Even those of us who are landlocked remain drawn due to history, biology or too much reading. This book offers the stories of 24 women (25 including the...

By Annie Booth

Book Review

Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles and the Squatters Who Fought them in 1970s Vancouver

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...

By Kaden Jelsing

Book Review

Before and After the State: Politics, Poetics, and People(s) in the Pacific Northwest

The authors of Before and After the State: Politics, Poetics, and People(s) in the Pacific Northwest attempt to expand our understanding of the development of two nations, and a border between them, from a mostly political story...

By Brandon Dimmel

Book Review

The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics and Policy in BC

This is one of those rare collections that focusses on a recent significant political transition. In doing so Jason Lacharite and Tracy Summerville have produced a needed and worthwhile book. For those not cognizant of recent...

By Alexander Netherton

Book Review

Raven Walks Around the World

In Raven Walks Around the World, Henley shares parts of his personal journey of activism, travel, and life long work with Indigenous peoples around the world. Through his stories, Henley illuminates the determination of all...

By Maggie Low

Book Review

Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Shirley McDonald and Bob Barnetson’s edited volume Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activismprovides a unique and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the role farm workers occupy in the complex industrial agriculture system. McDonald and Barnetson...

By Nick Fast



Catherine L. Backman is Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Col-umbia, Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, and Affiliated Investigator, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. She teaches occupational therapy theory and societal and environmental influences on professional practice. Catherine’s research focuses on the impact of chronic illness on participation in valued life activities, activity dis.ruption, and occupational balance, with a view to informing occupational therapy practice and improving the health and well-being of people living with long term illnesses or disability.

Darren Blakeborough is an Assistant Professor in the University of the Fraser Valley’s Social, Cultural, and Media Studies Department and a member of UFV’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging. His primary research areas are popular culture, technology, and social gerontology. Darren is author of the book “Old people are useless”: Rep.resentations of Aging on The Simpsons and produced the documentary film “They’re not scary!” An intergenerational dance project.

Geertje Boschma is Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her research centres on nursing and health care history, with particular emphasis on mental health care and mental health nursing. She is lead faculty of the UBC School of Nursing Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry.

Helen Brown’s program of research brings critical perspectives to studies aimed at improving health and social equity for rural and remote Indigenous communities. Using community-based and participatory methods she has worked with First Nations communities across Western Canada on projects that align with community priorities around health, wellness, cultural continuity, and language revitalization. She is currently the lead on a program of research, in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada and the Tŝilhqot’in First Nation, that investigates impacts of a prison-community partnership program on Indigenous inmate and community health, well-being and rehabilitation. Her other projects include collaborating with interdisciplinary partners on exploring the intersections of health and justice, increasing community collaboration within nursing education, and investigating maternal and child health for rural and remote women.

Shelley Canning is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley; she is also a doctoral candidate in UBC’s School of Nursing. Her research focuses on issues of quality of life for older adults, with an emphasis on inter-generational and arts-based interventions for individuals with advanced dementia. Her research has involved a variety of interdisciplinary partnerships. Shelley is a member of UFV’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and UBC’s Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia.

Natasha Damiano has an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and has been involved in a number of qualitative health research projects in British Columbia since 2006. A research coordinator at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy since 2014, she is currently exploring the intersections of arts-based inquiry and practice, and what it can contribute to community mental health, rehabilitation science, and health literacy.

Megan J. Davies is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. A BC historian, her research interests include mental health, old age, rural health, and everyday health care. Megan has a particular interest in innovative forms of presenting the past and in academic-community collaborations.

Rebecca Graham is a weaver and artist of mixed northern European ancestry, and the third generation of her family in Coast Salish Territory. She studied in environmental ethics and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and abroad and holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Rebecca explores the relationship between ourselves, other species, and the land through flax for linen, woven structures, and hide tanning. Rebecca has been the artistic director of the EartHand Gleaners Society since 2014. In 2016, she was the recipient of a City of Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award as the Emerging Artist in Craft and Design.

Paula Jardine has been artist in residence at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver since 2005, creating the annual All Souls event with long time collaborator Marina Szijarto. She is also artist in residence at Royal Oak Burial Park. The focus of Paula’s work has been to revive and redefine community arts and the artist’s role in the community, exploring and cultivating cultural forms that celebrate and connect us to each other, the land, and natural cycles.

Sasha Mullally is a Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick where she currently serves as Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies. She has published widely in the social history of rural medicine and the social organization of twentieth-century century health services, and has a book with David Wright forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press on physician immigration to Canada during the early years of the medicare system. Her work on this special issue of BC Studies draws from a new SSHRC-funded project on the history of early occupational therapy in the United States and Canada.

Alison Phinney is a Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia, and is known internationally for her work on dementia, meaningful activity, and aging. As a community-engaged researcher, she uses methods of applied ethnography and participatory action research to study a range of questions aimed at supporting per.sonhood and social citizenship of older people and those with dementia through improved practices in the health care system and the community at large.

Gloria Puurveen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. She is a former music therapist and has a Masters in ger.ontology from Simon Fraser University and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from UBC. Her award-winning (IIQM) dissertation focused on the experiences of individuals with advanced dementia nearing the end of life. Using qualitative and arts-based methodologies, her current research is concerned with how people living with dementia and their care partners envision living well to the end of life.

Claire Robson is a writer, researcher, and arts activist. Her federally funded postdoctoral research at Simon Fraser University investigated the potential of arts-engaged community practices. A widely published writer of fiction, memoir, and poetry, Claire’s most recent book, Writing for Change, shows how collective memoir writing can effect social change. Her awards include Xtra West Writer of the Year, the Joseph Katz Memorial Scholarship (for her contributions to social justice), and the Lynch History Prize (for her contributions to better understanding of gender and sexual minorities).

Kelsey Timler has a background in public health and approaches all her work from a foundational commitment to equity and social justice. Based out of the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing, she works as a Research Manager across a number of community-based and participatory research projects, all of which are conducted in collaboration with Indigenous communities in Western Canada. Her Master’s thesis drew on community-based and participatory methods to learn about the impacts of a prison farm program where incarcerated men grow and subsequently gift organic produce to T.ilhqot’in First Nations communities. Kelsey has a long-standing belief in the ability of food to bring people together, as well as a decade of professional cooking experience. Her interests in food sovereignty and food justice continue to influence her work in correctional agriculture contexts, including her upcoming doctoral research, focused on fostering food justice and healing for incarcerated women and their children through community-based and participatory research.