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BC Studies no. 208 Winter 2020/21

BC Studies no. 208 (Winter 2020/21) features cover art from Stan Douglas and articles by Luke Clossey, Karen Ferguson, David Meren, Helen Vandenberg, and Geertje Boschma. This issue also contains a soundwork by Julie Andreyev, a research note by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, and a review essay by Roger Fernandes.

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The Front

The Front

Artist's Statement  

By Stan Douglas

This Space Here

This Space Here

Federal Court File No. T-1750-19 5  

By La Rose et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen

Terms | youth class action climate change environment


Research Notes

Review Essays

Book Reviews

Book Review

War of the Blink

The thing is, the main protagonist in Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ War of the Blink is actually the tertiary character, the witnessing fly. Completed in 2017, the key themes and their presentation in “War of the...

By Ayumi Goto

Book Review

Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History

As I write, the world has received news that Talequah (or J35), the Southern Resident killer whale who carried her dead newborn for two weeks in 2018, is pregnant again. Spirits of the Coast: Orcas...

By Meghan Walley

Book Review

Complicated Simplicity: Island Life in the Pacific Northwest

Complicated Simplicity is a collection of essays, personal and expository, that explore the nature of living on secluded (non-ferry-serviced) islands within the Southwestern part of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest (and further abroad too)....

By Nicholas Stanger

Book Review

In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island

In Nature’s Realm, a third tome from Michael Layland that focuses on the (mostly) colonial histories of Vancouver Island, is an artistic and literary achievement. Layland’s hybrid of chronological and thematic descriptions of Vancouver Island-related...

By Nicholas Stanger

Book Review

He Speaks Volumes: A Biography of George Bowering

The Canadian writers who rose (or leapt) to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, and who are sometimes thought to be synonymous with Canadian literature itself, are now venerable. Although Margaret Atwood remains a formidable...

By Nicholas Bradley

Book Review

Postsecondary Education in British Columbia: Public Policy and Structural Development, 1960-2015

As distinct from previous historical accounts of postsecondary education in BC, Cowin makes it clear that he will cover the development of the “entire” postsecondary system in BC (3). For Cowin, this means the whole...

By Donald Fisher

Book Review

The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools and the Challenge of Conciliation

Despite Duncan Campbell Scott’s now infamous assertion as Deputy Superintendent General of Indian Affairs in 1920 that he “want[ed] to get rid of the Indian problem” (National Archives of Canada), the question of whether Canada’s...

By Chris Martin



Julie Andreyev, PhD, is an artist-activist, researcher, writer, and educator. Her work explores more-than-human ways of knowing and creating in her multispecies studio called Animal Lover (www.animallover.ca). Andreyev is associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, where she teaches courses in the new media and sound arts major, and in critical studies.

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.

Luke Clossey is associate professor of history at Simon Fraser University, where he works on global history and the history of religion. He is currently collaborating with Karen Ferguson on Buddhist monasticism in the Americas.

Karen Ferguson is professor of urban studies and history at Simon Fraser University. She studies the history of Buddhist monasticism in North America with her colleague Luke Clossey.

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller, and educator whose work focuses on the Coast Salish tribes of the western Washington region. He is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe and has a degree in Native American studies from The Evergreen State College and a masters degree in whole systems design from Antioch University. He teaches classes and workshops and seminars in Native storytelling and Coast Salish art and design at several local colleges and universities.

David Meren is associate professor in the Département d’histoire at Université de Montréal. He is the author of With Friends Like These: Entangled Nationalisms and the Canada-Quebec-France Triangle, 1944–1970 (UBC Press, 2012); a co-editor of Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History (UBC Press, 2017); and has published articles in the Canadian Historical Review, the Journal of Canadian Studies, and Histoire sociale / Social History. His current research explores the entangled histories of settler colonialism and Canadian international development.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has spent more than two decades researching and travelling across the upper Columbia River Basin on both sides of the international boundary. Born in the United States and educated at Stanford University and the University of British Columbia, her books include A River Captured (2016), The Geography of Memory (2002), and Heart of a River (2004 and 2015). An exhibit she curated on the history of the 1961 Columbia River Treaty received the 2015 Canadian Museum Association’s prize for excellence.

Helen Vandenberg is assistant professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. She specializes in the history of hospitals in Western Canada. Her previous work focused on the history of Chinese and Japanese hospitals in British Columbia.