Wishing Graeme Wynn farewell!


Today we bid farewell to Graeme Wynn who is retiring from UBC and stepping down as the Editor of BC Studies after a remarkable eight years. During his tenure, Graeme moved BC Studies from a paper-based, print-only journal available (incompletely) in digital form in certain libraries, to a partial open-access digital and print journal, making use of OJS. He created new features in the journal (case comments, maps, photo essays, reflections, research notes, and more), almost doubled the number of articles published annually, started a blog on the BCS website, and established an annual BC Studies Prize.

It is with the utmost respect and our deepest gratitude that we thank Graeme for his significant contributions and commitment to scholarship in British Columbia.

Please join us in welcoming his successor Leslie Robertson of UBC’s Department of Anthropology. 

BCHF Historical Writing Competition Winners


The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) announced the winners for the Annual Historical Writing Competition at the BCHF Annual Conference on May 28th. Many of the titles have been reviewed in BC Studies.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 2015

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia presented the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing and $2,500 to Ronald A. Greene for Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866 by Ronald A. Greene (Greene Frogge Press)
Read our review of Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866 here.

2nd prize, $1500. Ferries & Fjords: The History of Indian Arm by Ralph Drew (self-published).

3rd prize, $500. Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen & Catherine Siba (Harbour Publishing).
Read our review of Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District here.

For a full list of winners, special mentions, please visit the BCHF website.

Call for Papers: UVIC Faculty of Law and History


First Nations, Land, and James Douglas: Indigenous and Treaty Rights in the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1849-1864

The Songhees Nation and the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and History Department invite your participation in a conference on this theme at the Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria, B.C.

February 24-26th 2017.

We anticipate that there will be tours of Songhees traditional territory by land and sea on Friday the 24th before the first presentations and that the conference will include a mix of academic and community presentations.

We welcome individual and panel proposals for presentations from researchers, legal professionals, and community members, on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

1) Relations between First Nations and James Douglas

2) Indigenous and Colonial Concepts of Land, Law and Territory

3) Hunting and Fishing Rights

4) The End of Treaty-Making

5) The Roles of the HBC and the Colonial Office

6) The History of Douglas Era Reserves

7) Current relevance of these historical events.

Please send a 250-500 word description of the proposed presentation and a one page resume or cv to any of:

Cheryl Bryce -  

John Rice Jr - or John Lutz



Minnesota Seaside Station


As a nice compliment to Erik A. Moore and Rebecca Toov’s photo essay on  “The Minnesota Seaside Station near Port Renfrew, British Columbia,” BC Studies no. 187 check out Hakai Magazine’s video “Out of This World”:

Congratulations Nancy Turner


BC Studies congratulates Nancy Turner on her winning of the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences by The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for her book, Ancient Patheways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. Reviewed here in BC Studies no. 188 Winter 2016.

Nancy also co-edited with Dana Lepofsky the special theme issue, BC Studies no. 179 Autumn 2013. Ethnobotany of British Columbia: Plants and Peoples in a Changing World. 

BC Studies would also like to congratulate all the finalists and winners.

The following finalists are also reviewed in BC Studies Issue no. 188 Winter 2016.

Humanities Finalist:
Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front
by Ian Mosby

Social Sciences Finalist:
Métis: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood by Chris Andersen 
Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia's Human Rights State, 1953-84 by Dominique Clément

For more information on the Canada Prizes and the full list of winners and finalists.  Click here.

BC Studies Prize announcement!


It is our pleasure to announce the winner and runner up of the inaugural BC Studies Prize. This award is for the article deemed to have made the greatest contribution to understanding British Columbia in the previous year, primarily on the basis of the significance and originality of the research but also taking into account the career stage of the author. 

BC Studies Prize: Caroline Grego, “Maybe National Park: Consultation, Conservation, and Conflict in the Okanagan-Similkameen,” published in BC Studies 186 in the Summer of 2015.

Runner up: Mica Jorgenson, “‘Into That Country to Work’: Aboriginal Economic Activities during Barkerville’s Gold Rush,” published in BC Studies 185 in the Spring of 2015

Congratulations Caroline and Mica!