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Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast

This generously illustrated exhibition catalogue introduces the work of forty contemporary First Nations artists, ranging from emerging practitioners such as Shawn Hunt and Alano Edzerza to internationally renowned individuals such as Robert Davidson and Susan...

Review by Megan Smetzer


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Imagining British Columbia: Land, Memory & Place

Imagining British Columbia: Land, Memory and Place, edited by Daniel Francis, is a collection of twenty creative non-fiction essays contributed by members of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. The federation invited writers to submit...

Review by Jenny Clayton


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From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-1919

  While the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War unfolds with little or no fanfare, it is appropriate to consider an even more forgotten Canadian military adventure: the Canadian Siberian Expedition to the Russian port...

Review by Chris Leach


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The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism

Keith Thor Carlson’s book focuses on the relationship between history and identity among the Stó:lō people of the Lower Fraser River between 1780 and 1906. He examines specific events and broad trends to demonstrate how...

Review by Madeline Knickerbocker


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Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities

    Colonists seldom embarked alone to new continents, and so the act of “settling” was often the act of creating a “settlement.” Penelope Edmonds’s Urbanizing Frontiers reminds us that the interface between settler and...

Review by John Lutz


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Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

This book is like an open house for all benevolent and family associations to Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest in Canada. The reader is introduced to each society and its purpose, through many photographs, some never...

Review by Larry Wong


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Chinese Community Leadership: Case Study of Victoria in Canada

I am particularly interested in this volume, having been born in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 1938 and having a father who was treasurer of a district association. He was a shirt tailor, and I remember in...

Review by Larry Wong


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Peter O’Reilly: The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant

  Peter O’Reilly, third son of a landed Anglo-Irish family with estates in County Meath (Ireland) and Lancashire (England), immigrated to Vancouver Island early in 1859. He was thirty-two years of age and had served...

Review by Cole Harris


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Forestry and Biodiversity: Learning How to Sustain Biodiversity in Managed Forests

 “No more clear-cuts!” So announced MacMillan Bloedel CEO Tom Stephens in a dramatic 1998 policy shift. The gap between global social expectations and the firm’s perceived destructive logging practices, primarily the accusation that it over-harvested pristine...

Review by David Brownstein


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The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay’s 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies

  In 1914, Samuel Prescott Fay (1884- 1971), a Harvard graduate from Boston, ventured twelve hundred kilometres through the northern Rockies from Jasper to Hudson’s Hope. While the Harvard Travelers Club deferred exploration in the...

Review by PearlAnn Reichwein


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Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth

Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism is one of those unique edited volumes in which the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. As suggested in the subtitle, the legacy of J.S. Woodsworth...

Review by Karen Murray


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Terrain of Memory: A Japanese Canadian Memorial Project

After the Second World War, most of the Japanese relocated in camps in the interior were sent to Ontario or to Japan, while many of those who remained in British Columbia, largely the elderly or...

Review by Cole Harris


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The Power of Promises: Rethinking Indian Treaties in the Pacific Northwest

This multidisciplinary, transnational volume is a welcome addition to treaty literature in Canada and the United States. Situating treaty-making in the Pacific Northwest within a broader global context of imperialism and colonial indigenous-settler relations, the...

Review by Paulette Regan


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Whitewater Devils: Adventure on Wild Waters

  With Whitewater Devils, retired forestry worker Jack Boudreau has written his eighth book of adventurous tales. Set mostly in British Columbia, Whitewater Devils – while not his best work – is an interesting complement...

Review by Anthony Dalton


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Chicken Poop for the Soul: In Search of Food Sovereignty

Chicken Poop for the Soul is, in part, a personal journal documenting Kristeva Dowling’s quest to take more control of the food she consumes by spending eighteen months growing, foraging, bartering, hunting, and fishing for...

Review by Katherine Dunster


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This is What They Say. Stories by Francois Mandeville: A Story Cycle Dictsted in Northern Alberta in 1928

Ron Scollon was an eminent linguist who worked for much of his life on Athapaskan languages and the ethnography of speaking. This Is What They Say was his final project; sadly, he died in 2010....

Review by Patricia McCormack


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Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, A Memoir.

Canadians who advise survivors of Native residential schools to “ just get over it” should read Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Author Theodore Fontaine, cousin of the more famous Phil, attended...

Review by Jim Miller


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Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972

Labour historians have been arguing about the left in British Columbia politics and labour for ages. Now, through a skilful conversion of his 2008 University of New Brunswick dissertation “Tug of War,” University of Victoria...

Review by Ron Verzuh


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Vancouver’s Bessborough Armoury: a History. Vancouver: The Fifteenth Field Artillery

Victor Stevenson’s longstanding personal and professional attachment to Vancouver’s Bessborough Armoury is reflected in his concise and well-researched account of the building’s history. Having served as both honourary colonel of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment,...

Review by James Wood


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Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture.

The unique circumstances of indigenous women are often overlooked in the literature on both mainstream feminism and indigenous activism. Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture is thus a welcome addition to the existing scholarship....

Review by Tina Block


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Images from the Likeness House

At the start of Images from the Likeness House, Dan Savard tells us why the photographs he presents of Aboriginal people are important. Put succinctly, it is because of their past and continuing influence on...

Review by Jennifer Cador


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City of Love and Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties

Lawrence Aronsen’s handsomely-illustrated City of Love and Revolution examines a period of Vancouver’s history that still resonates. The latest contribution to a growing literature on the Sixties in Canada, the book also contributes to contemporary...

Review by Matt Cavers