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BC Studies no. 207 Autumn 2020

BC Studies no. 207 (Autumn 2020) features cover art by Derek Edenshaw (Khils Guula Gaayas) and Dedos (Nelson Garcia), and an opening call by Black Lives Matter Vancouver. This issue also contains articles by Shelly Ikebuchi and Takara Ketchell, Laura Mudde, Gordon Robert Lyall, and J.I. Little, as well as book, film, and new media reviews.

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The Front

The Front

Artists' Statement  

By Derek Edenshaw (Khils Guula Gaayas) and Dedos (Nelson Garcia)


Exhibition, Film, and New Media Reviews

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

RAVEN (De)Briefs Podcast: Indigenous Law in Action

Season one of the RAVEN (De)Briefs podcast series is a refreshing Indigenization of the traditional podcast format in that it evokes everyday kitchen table conversations among relatives, combined with sonic, Indigenous documentary. Exploring contemporary environmental...

By Lydia Toorenburgh

Terms | colonialism Delgamuukw v. BC Indigenous Indigenous rights treaties land claims law

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

Now Is the Time

In the extraordinary short film Now Is the Time, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter brings to the screen a moving story of renewal through the restoration and re-editing of footage from the National Film Board of...

By Kristin L. Dowell

Terms | museums repatriation aboriginal self government colonialism settler colonialism aboriginal art aboriginal rights Haida Indigenous worlds

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review


British Columbia is in year four of a provincial public health emergency declared in response to devastating rates of drug overdose deaths resulting from a toxic, illicit drug supply. As of July 2020, COVID-19 had...

By Kendra Milne

Terms | epidemics liquor and drugs mental health social services substance use government law public policy

Book Reviews

Book Review

Northwest Voices: Language and Culture in the Pacific Northwest

What, if anything, is the socio-linguistic glue that binds together the region often referred to as the Pacific Northwest? When it comes to language and culture, do the peoples of Washington and Oregon in the...

By Mark Turin

Book Review

The Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples

Gregory Younging’s (1961-2019) The Elements of Indigenous Style is a testament to how prioritizing listening to Indigenous peoples, instead of merely writing about them, can both change the way settlers view their relationship with Indigenous peoples...

By Mercedes Peters

Book Review

Solemn Words and Foundational Documents: An Annotated Discussion of Indigenous-Crown Treaties in Canada, 1752-1923

When the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report in 2015 it drew attention to the importance of treaty making in the history of Crown-Indigenous relations in Canada. Treaty making, the...

By Carole Blackburn

Book Review

Towards a New Ethnohistory: Community-Engaged Scholarship Among the People of the River

This book purports to represent a ‘New Ethnohistory’ as community-engaged research in First Nations communities. It consists primarily of essays written by graduate students who participated in the Ethnohistory Field School run since 1997 by...

By Alan B. Anderson

Book Review

Iroquois in the West

Sometimes the most detailed and poignant histories emerge from historical fragments. In Iroquois in the West Jean Barman uses what she calls “slivers of stories from the shadows of the past” to tell a rich...

By Dane Allard

Book Review

At the Wilderness Edge: The Rise of the Antidevelopment Movement on Canada’s West Coast

In recent years, local opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline in BC has confounded the plans of oil investors and federal officials alike. The government of Alberta has declared its right to...

By Jason M. Colby

Book Review

Rain City: Vancouver Reflections

John Moore is a BC-based free-lance journalist and author. Original versions of the sixteen essays that make up this volume have appeared in a variety of newspapers and periodicals over several decades. Some have won...

By John Belec

Book Review

Stagecoach North: A History of Barnard’s Express

In Stagecoach North, Ken Mather undercovers the history of one of the most important companies in British Columbia:  Barnard’s Express. From 1862 to 1914 this famed company carried passengers, freight, and mail along the Cariboo...

By Christopher Herbert

Book Review

Along the E & N: A Journal Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island

Local histories are different from scholarly studies. They are written for different reasons, often focus on different subjects, use primary sources in different ways, and draw different conclusions.  Recent books by Michael Kaehn and Glen...

By Andrew Nurse

Book Review

Service on the Skeena: Horace Wrinch, Frontier Physician

Although both Horace C. Wrinch and his wife Alice are featured in Eldon Lee’s Scalpels and Buggywhips (1997), Horace Wrinch is little known, despite his extraordinary contributions to British Columbia society. Geoff Mynett, a retired lawyer...

By Ted Binnema



Shelly Ikebuchi is a professor of sociology at Okanagan College. She identifies as a feminist, anti-racist, critical, and historical sociologist. Her past research focused on the Chinese Rescue Home in Victoria, BC. Her current research focuses on the sociology of home and the multi-generational cultural effects of the Japanese Canadian Internment.

Takara Ketchell is currently pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Alberta. Takara’s research interests focus on identity and are deeply informed by questions of intersectionality, memory, and affect.

Jack Little is a professor emeritus in the history department at Simon Fraser University. His next book will be Reading the Diaries of Henry Trent: The Everyday Life of a Canadian Englishman, 1842–1898 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021).

Gordon Lyall is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Victoria conducting a transborder study of shellfish harvesting and foreshore rights on the Salish Sea and Indigenous-settler relationships in the second half of the twentieth century. Gordon is currently project manager of the Colonial Despatches digital archive and coordinator of the BC Historical Textbooks project. He also worked on the Landscapes of Injustice project from 2016to2020, first as an archival researcher and then as a developer of a digital archive. He and his family give thanks to the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional land they are fortunate to live and work.

Laura Mudde (she/her/hers) is a Utrecht University graduate and visiting PhD candidate on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Syilx and Okanagan peoples at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her research engages with systemic and institutionalized racialization of the public sphere in settler-colonial Canada. She is currently academically involved with the Digital Archive Database Project, the Public Humanities Hub Okanagan, UBC Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, and the Department of History and Sociology.

Anthony Shelton, professor of art history, visual art and theory and is director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has held curatorial positions at the British Museum, Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums Brighton, and at the Horniman Museum London.