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BC Studies no. 209 Spring 2021

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BC Studies no. 209 Spring 2021

BC Studies no. 209 (Spring 2021) features the 2020 BC Studies Prize announcement, cover art from Suvi Bains, and a piece composed by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe) and Harmony Johnson (sɛƛakəs), authors of In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care.

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In This Issue


 Caroline F. Butler is a cultural anthropologist whose academic research has focused on Indigenous fisheries, commercial fisheries and property rights, local ecological knowledge, and research processes and methods. She has worked with the Gitxaała Nation on academic and community-based research projects since 2001 and has worked for the Gitxaała Nation government since 2009. As manager of planning and community research, she coordinated community-based research, collaborative research, spatial planning, and community engagement processes in Gitxaała Territory. In her current position as cultural projects manager, she supports language revitalization, heritage research, and repatriation. 

Gabrielle Legault is Métis from Southwest Saskatchewan (Lac Pelletier). She is an assistant professor in Indigenous studies in the Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus), where she lives as a guest on unceded Syilx Territory.

Laura Madokoro is a historian and associate professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. Her research explores the history of migrants, refugees, humanitarians, and state authorities in shaping the possibilities and experiences of refuge. She is especially interested in questions of race and exclusion and is currently working on a monograph about the history of sanctuary in Montreal.

Charles R. Menzies is a member of the Gitxaała Nation. He is also a professor in the department of anthropology at UBC. 

R. Scott Sheffield is an associate professor of History at the University of the Fraser Valley currently researching British Columbians and the Second World War. His previous research examines Indigenous military service, and he is the author of The Red Man’s on the Warpath: The Image of the ‘Indian’ and the Second World War (UBC Press, 2004), and (with Noah Riseman) Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War: The Politics, Experiences and Legacies of War in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (Cambridge University Press, 2019), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. 

Kelsey Siemens, MA, is a registered clinical counsellor in Abbotsford, BC. She has published academic journal articles and book chapters on the topics of psychology, eating disorders, sexuality, and embodiment. During her undergraduate studies, Kelsey doubled majored in history and worked extensively as a research assistant in the history department. This is her first history publication. 

Hua Laura Wu studied comparative literature and Chinese literature at the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, where she got her PhD degree. She is now professor emerita at Huron University College in London, Ontario. Her current research interest is the Chinese diaspora in Canada and Chinese Canadian literature. 

Xueqing Xu, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Her research centres on Chinese Canadian diasporic literature and media, women’s studies, and modern Chinese literature. She has co-edited five books, and published, in both Chinese and English, more than forty articles and chapters on Chinese Canadian diasporic literature and media, modern Chinese literature, and women writers.