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BC Studies no. 213 Spring 2022

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Exhibition, Film, and New Media Reviews

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

Porcupine Podcast

“How do porcupines hug?” Merrell-Anne Phare asks. “Carefully,” Michael Miltenberger responds. This old joke is the disarming beginning to every episode of Porcupine, a podcast hosted by political consultant Michael Miltenberger and lawyer Merrell-Ann Phare....

By Mary Tuti Baker

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

Below the Radar: Age of Engagement

Below the Radar is the voice of Simon Fraser University’s community engagement initiative. The host, Am Johal, has been a fixture in Vancouver public affairs for several decades. He is currently Director of SFU’s Vancity...

By John Belec

Exhibition, Film, and New Media Review

Below the Radar: An Engaged Knowledge Democracy

Below the Radar is a podcast that begins many episodes by reminding listeners that it is a knowledge democracy podcast.  A production of Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the podcast claims to...

By Brian Davenport

Book Reviews

Book Review

Making and Breaking Settler Space: Five Centuries of Colonization in North America

This provocative book does many things: it conceptualizes the larger spatial and historical processes of settler colonialism, it examines and critiques social movements in the context of enduring Indigenous sovereignties, and it unpacks the affective...

By Coll Thrush

Book Review

Beyond Rights: The Nisga’a Final Agreement and the Challenges of Modern Treaty Relationships

Most Canadians are aware of the existence of treaties between Indigenous peoples and the Crown. Phrases like “treaty rights” and “treaty relationships” form part of the everyday political vocabulary at every level of our federal...

By Joshua Nichols

Book Review

Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia

In 2003, the Canadian Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of R. v. Powley, triggering significant new public interest in Métis identity and history outside of the familiar geography of the Canadian...

By Carla A. Osborne

Book Review

What Was Said to Me: The Life of Sti’tum’atul’wut, a Cowichan Woman

Stories are a gift. When someone shares their story with us, it is an offering to know them, to know what it means to be them, to know ourselves and our society. Ruby Peter’s book...

By Georgia Sitara

Book Review

Following the Good River: The Life and Times of Wa’xaid

Following the Good River: the Life and Times of Wa’xaid is a triumph of storytelling. As a companion to Cecil Paul’s Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid, Following the Good River acts as an...

By Theresa Warburton

Book Review

Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities Through Story

Sam McKegney’s Carrying the Burden of Peace seeks to bridge the gap in between the “insistence that neither individual Indigenous men nor concepts of Indigenous masculinity are irredeemable” and the recognition that some forms of...

By Josh Cerretti

Book Review

Chiru Sakura – Falling Cherry Blossoms: A Mother & Daughter’s Journey through Racism, Internment and Oppression

One of the consequences of the forced removal of people of Japanese ancestry from the B.C. coast and the subsequent seizure and sale of their property during the Second World War, in addition to the...

By Andrea Geiger

Book Review

A Liberal-Labour Lady: The Times and Life of Mary Ellen Spear Smith

Biographies offer such tantalizing opportunities.  Readers can generally look forward to either delving into the details of a fascinating life – the accomplishments and setbacks, the loves and losses – or they can be encouraged...

By P. E. Bryden

Book Review

A Great Revolutionary Wave: Women and the Vote in British Columbia

A core rationale for this book series, Lara Campbell explains, is the necessity to “tell regional stories” about the women’s suffrage movement (13). Campbell demonstrates, for example, that the absence of a party system in...

By Barbara J. Messamore

Book Review

Kropotkin and Canada

In this translated monograph, Alexey Gennadievich Ivanov depicts the travels of the famous anarchist theoretician Peter Alexeyevich Kropotkin (1842-1921) in Canada during 1897. Drawing on a recently uncovered archive, Ivanov details Kropotkin’s impressions of Canada,...

By Yotam Ronen

Book Review

The Bomb in the Wilderness: Photography and the Nuclear Era in Canada

John O’Brian’s recent book on the photographic representation of the nuclear age focuses on the Canadian context and readers with an interest in photography, atomic age culture, and Canadiana will not be disappointed. The Bomb...

By Karla McManus

Book Review

Quietly Shrinking Cities: Canadian Urban Population Loss in an Age of Growth

Growth is good and small is beautiful. These two mid-twentieth century mottos continue to influence thinking about cities. On balance, Queen’s University geographer Maxwell Hartt would say that the former continues to hold sway more...

By John Douglas Belshaw

Book Review

Luschiim’s Plants: Traditional Indigenous Foods, Materials and Medicines

This is a beautiful collaboration between Drs. Luschiim Arvid Charlie and Nancy Turner. The book is an album and encyclopedia which identifies the different plants located within the Quw’utsun territory. After a brief introduction to...

By Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville



Matthew Arkinstall is pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his master’s degree in sociology at the University of Alberta in 2021. His master’s thesis entitled “On the Right(s) Path: A Study of Human Rights Law and Practice in British Columbia” compared the commission model and direct access model for adjudicating human rights complaints to determine which model was more accessible to marginalized people. His research interests include discrimination, human rights, and social inequality. He hopes to continue in academia and become a professor in sociology in the future.

Rudy Bartlett is an undergraduate student in the Department of History at Saint Mary’s University. He is currently completing an Honours thesis on public commemoration of the First World War at The Rooms Provincial Museum in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

R. Blake Brown is a professor and department chair at Saint Mary’s University. His research examines Canadian legal history. He is the author or co-author of three books published by the University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History: A Trying Question: The Jury in Nineteenth-Century Canada (2009), Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada (2012), and A History of Law in Canada, Volume 1: Beginnings to 1866 (2018).

Dominique Clément is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta and a member of the Royal Society of Canada (CNSAS). He is a historical sociologist who specializes in the study of human rights and social movements. His websites, HistoryOfRights.ca and statefunding.ca, serve as research and teaching portals on the history of human rights law and movements as well as the nonproft sector in Canada.

Takara Ketchell is currently pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Alberta. Research interests are primarily focused around identity, culture, and community and are deeply informed by questions of intersectionality, memory, and affect.

Ben Klassen is a white queer settler living and working on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. He is a research manager at Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), where he works on several 2SLGBTQ+ research studies. Ben holds an MA in history from Simon Fraser University, where he studied oral history narratives of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Vancouver. He has experience in community-based research, qualitative methods, and applied ethics and has co-authored papers and reports on a range of queer health topics, including blood donation policy and HIV treatment and prevention.

Jack Little is a professor emeritus in the History Department of Simon Fraser University. His most recent books are At the Wilderness Edge: The Rise of the Antidevelopment Movement on Canada’s West Coast (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019) and Reading the Diaries of Henry Trent: The Everyday Life of a Canadian Englishman, 1842–1898 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021).

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 examined 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.