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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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The Front

The Front

This Space Here

This Space Here

In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care  

By Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe), Harmony Johnson (sɛƛakəs)



Exhibition, Film, and New Media Reviews

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

Chief Supernatural Being with the Big Eyes (2021)

Exploring the creative possibilities offered by augmented reality (AR) technology, Vancouver-based Haida artist Ernest Swanson has teamed up with the Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) and AR designer Mark Illing to present Chief Supernatural Being with...

By April Liu 

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

Not your usual science: a Future Ecologies Podcast Review

Future Ecologies is not your typical science podcast. Strongly reminiscent of Radiolab (2002–), the renowned WNYC series from the “golden age” of podcasting (Berry 2015), Future Ecologies investigates “the shape of our world,” or the...

By Milena Droumeva

Book Reviews

Book Review

Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia

The revised third edition of Kilian Crawford’s ground-breaking book on BC’s Black pioneers is timely and essential reading. It is a critical corrective to omissions and erasure in both academic histories and in popular understandings,...

By Georgia Sitara

Book Review

Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story

The text of Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story extends well beyond its own parameters, both literal and figurative. Syilx, Tsilhqot’in, Ktunaxa, and Dakelh playwright Kim Senklip Harvey offers a thoughtful, funny, and compelling exploration of...

By Theresa Warburton

Book Review

Inalienable Properties: The Political Economy of Indigenous Land Reform

In Inalienable Properties: the political economy of Indigenous land reform (2020), Jamie Baxter presents his readers with a puzzle surrounding the inalienability of Indigenous land tenure systems. Baxter asks, ‘why does inalienable property persist in...

By Jonathan Boron

Book Review

Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes

On 12 July 1776 Captain James Cook, Royal Navy, sailed from Plymouth, England, in the three-master collier, Resolution, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. It was a voyage that swept Cook and the crews...

By Barry Gough

Book Review

A Bounded Land: Reflections on Settler Colonialism in Canada

Historical geographer Cole Harris, professor emeritus at UBC, has in his latest book brought together a number of his articles, some previously published, to focus on the subject of settler colonialism in Canada. It is...

By Kenneth Favrholdt

Book Review

Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies

“There is no single historiography of internment” in Canada, write Rhonda L. Hinter and Jim Mochoruk in the introduction of this ambitious collection of essays (9-10). Siloed histories of particular internments, they suggest, convey episodic...

By Jordan Stanger-Ross

Book Review

Unmooring The Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories

From food (Valenze, 2012) to crops (Ali 2020, Rappaport 2019) to commodities (Curry-Machado, 2013) to digital cultures (Punathambekar and Mohan, 2019) and to empires (Bayly, 2003; Hopkins, 2003) there has been a steady scholarly commitment to...

By Dharitri Bhattacharjee

Book Review

Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw

In 2013 the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Charles Edenshaw exhibition brought together three argillite platters made in the late 1880s by Da.a. xiigang, Charles Edenshaw – one from the Field Museum in Chicago, one from the...

By Martha Black



 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.