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BC Studies no. 206 Summer 2020

BC Studies no. 206 (Summer 2020) features cover art by Sammy Chien and an opening piece by Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Joint Effort, and BC Civil Liberties Association. This issue also contains though-provoking articles by Peter L. Twohig, Paul Sun Yoo, Jon, Katherine Fobear, and Duff Sutherland, as well as book reviews.

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Book Reviews

Book Review

Talking Back to the Indian Act: Critical Readings in Settler Colonial Histories

History as an academic discipline recognizes that how we understand the past is no more than that. It is how we understand the past, and not necessarily what actually transpired in distant times that we...

By David Milward

Book Review

Waterlogged: Examples and Procedures for Northwest Coast Archaeologists

Waterlogged will find its way to the bookshelves of almost every practicing archaeologist in BC. It succeeds in bringing together experience and innovation in a single source. A mix of advice for field archaeologists, empirical research...

By Paul A. Ewonus, PhD, RPCA

Book Review

“Opposition on the Coast”: The Hudson’s Bay Company, American Coasters, the Russian American Company, and Native Traders on the Northwest Coast, 1825-1846

Jim Gibson has assembled a collection of primary sources: 27 documents from Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) archives, British Columbia provincial archives, and microfilm of Russian-American Company (RAC) records from the US National Archives. A significant...

By Howard Stewart

Book Review

New Ground: A Memoir of Art and Activism in BC’s Interior

New Ground: A Memoir of Art and Activism in BC’s Interior is more than just a memoir about Ann Kujundzic’s life — it is a beautifully crafted encounter with Kujundzic and all of the histories that...

By Alifa Zafirah Bandali

Book Review

Nothing to Write Home About: British Family Correspondence and the Settler Everyday in British Columbia

The history of colonial British Columbia is, in many respects, well-trodden ground. Over the past few decades, scholars like Jean Barman, Cole Harris, and Adele Perry have made multiple transformative contributions to our understanding of...

By Kristine Alexander

Book Review

When Days Are Long: Nurse in the North

In this book, first published upon her retirement in 1965, Amy Wilson presents a biographical history of her career as a public health nurse in Northern British Columbia and the Yukon during the 1950s and...

By Geertje Boschma

Book Review

A Reconciliation Without Recollection?

Resource developments in British Columbia, and especially the Trans-Mountain and northern BC LNG pipeline, have led to nationwide opposition from some Indigenous groups as well as support from others. There have been many attempts by...

By Jim Reynolds

Book Review

Surveying the 120th Meridian and the Great Divide: The Alberta-BC Boundary Survey, 1918-1924

In this, his ninth monograph on surveying in BC, Jay Sherwood returns with the second of two volumes on the work of the Alberta-BC Boundary Survey in the early twentieth century.  The first installment, Surveying...

By Jason Grek-Martin

Book Review

The Co-op Revolution: Vancouver’s Search for Food

When growers, producers and practitioners self-organize around shared interests in the local foods economy, their social and economic actions—whether through a farmer’s market, buying co-op or the production of local food—can feel tenuous on the...

By Diandra Oliver

Book Review

Indigenous Repatriation Handbook

The First Peoples of the Pacific Coast are at the forefront of Indigenous Museology and Repatriation Scholarship. While some communities might be just starting to tangle with the complex politics and strategies of claiming back...

By Anna De Aguayo

Book Review

Planning on the Edge: Vancouver and the Challenges of Reconciliation, Social Justice and Sustainable Development

Planning on the Edge: Vancouver and the Challenges of Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development (2019) is a compelling edited collection written from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book treats the state of metropolitan Vancouver’s development as...

By Ian Rocksborough-Smith



Katherine Fobear’s research and activism focuses on the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender in oral history, migration, transitional justice, health, and housing.  Her most recent work is with LGBTQ+ refugees in Canada and transgender homeless in California’s Central Valley.  She is currently working on Qistory, a queer public history initiative in partnership with Community Link that works to record and preserve the voices and lives of LGBTQ+ persons in the Central Valley of California.

Paul S. Jon is a graduate of the Juris Doctor program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC. He is a settler born in Vancouver to a family of Korean immigrants. He has a passion for exploring the lives of ordinary people throughout history, ranging from his BA studying classical, medieval, Korean, and Japanese history at UBC to modern Canadian legal history.

Duff Sutherland teaches history in the School of University Arts and Sciences at Selkirk College.  He has published articles and reviews in Labour/Le Travail, Newfoundland Studies, and BC Studies. From 2015–18, he was president of the Selkirk College Faculty Association. On education leave during 2019–20, he is completing a history of settler colonialism in the West Kootenay, from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Peter L. Twohig is a professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a historian with expertise in the history of health care work, social history, and working-class history. He was the president of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (2017–19) and in 2020 received the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award in the University of Virginia’s Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.