Call for Proposals - Island Studies: West Coast Canada & Beyond


Calling all west coast BC islanders and those interested in the study of islands. We are looking for proposals for presentations that address issues implicated in the complex environmental, socio-cultural, and economic challenges that are the daily reality for island communities on West Coast Canada, USA, and elsewhere. This is a university and community conference to take place May 10, 11, 12, 2013 on Gabriola Island, BC.

We are looking for proposals from scholars, intellectuals, leaders, community members, activists, and community organizations who:

-have a passion for island communities and sustainability or the study of islands and islanders,

-want to learn and share island experiences and scholarship  with islanders from around the globe and regionally from west coast Canada and USA,

-wish to network with like-minded and island-focused individuals.

For more information see our website at www.islandstudiesconference

Abstract deadline: November 30, 2012

Questions: Please contact Gloria Filax at


Fraser River Gold Mines and Their Place Names: A Map from Hope to Quesnel Forks


by Andrew D. Nelson, Michael Kennedy and Eric Leinberger

Issue no. 172, Winter 2011/12  features a large informative map  drawn by Eric Leinberger, which accomapnies Andrew Nelson and Mike Kennedy's aritcle.

Contact us at to order a copy.

For a PDF of the map click here:

Side A-B

Side C-D

Coming Fall 2012


BC Studies is pleased to announce, Home Truths: Highlights from BC History, edited by BC Studies' editor Graeme Wynn and Associate Editor, Richard Mackie, will be published by Harbour Publishing in fall 2012.

History in BC grows profusely and luxuriantly, but with odd undergrowth,” observed historian J.M.S. Careless many years ago. This claim is fully borne out by this impressive anthology of some of the province’s most distinguished historians, geographers, and writers gleaned from over forty years of British Columbia’s leading scholarly journal, BC Studies.

This collection includes fascinating articles on the Fraser Canyon by Cole Harris; on Fort Simpson, Metlakatla, and Port Essington by Daniel Clayton; on Victoria’s early Chinese community by Patrick Dunae and others; on the eviction of Sto:lo people from Kitsilano and Stanley Park by Jean Barman; on early home design styles in Vancouver by Deryck Holdsworth; on the failed utopias of Wallachin and Sointula by Nelson Riis and Mikko Saikku; on life in a 1970s logging camp by Peter Harrison; on fly-fishing and dispossession at Penask Lake by Michael Thoms; and on the perennial lonesome prospector by Megan Davies. 

The overarching theme is provided by George Bowering in his classic essay, “Home Away,” concerning the search for a home on the West Coast—a new one for settlers and an old one for indigenous peoples.


BC Studies has moved!


AnSo Building, Room 2
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z1

Tel: 604-822-3727

New Associate Editor


BC Studies welcomes new Associate Editor, Dr Richard Mackie.   Richard has a PhD in History from UBC, and held a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Geography there. He has taught history and writing in a number of colleges and universities in the province, and has published several books and articles (including in BC Studies) on various aspects of the BC past. 

We look forward to working with Richard and having him a part of our BC Studies Family.  


UBC Okanagan and BC Studies Conference


The University of British Columbia Okanagan is proud to host an international conference in association with BC Studies on:

Sustainability and Change:  Studies in B C's Past, Present & Future Communities

May 5 to 7, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Mike Harcourt

Title of Presentation:  “Sustainable Cities and Communities.”

We invite scholars in all disciplines to explore this theme as this conference will offer multiple perspectives on where we regard cultural and environmental sustainability and change amongst various stakeholders in our society. We welcome panels, sessions and individual papers in the traditional areas of BC Studies as well as symposia and presentations on a range of subjects:  the arts and sciences, First Nations, fine arts, professional and community associations, and government agencies and representatives. 

We especially encourage colleagues in fields as diverse as water quality, agriculture, forestry, tourism, ecology, immigration, and land use to submit proposals related to community sustainability issues in B.C. Other colleagues may consider examining directions in BC's social, health, industrial, and environmental policies. Further, studies from, and about First Nations' communities are particularly encouraged.

More conference details can be found here.