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Category Archives: History

Truth, Reconciliation, and Residential Schools

Prime Minister Harper will read Canada’s apology for residential schooling in the House of Commons tomorrow. The CBC has a number of features associated with Harper’s speech. The National (CBC TV) is broadcasting special productions as part of its nightly newscasts this week. And, the has an extensive online historical package on its website. […]

Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ Digital Collections Project Complete

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs announces the completion of its digital collection of historical resources. The following are found in the collection: Unity: Newsletter published from 1970 to 1971 Nesika: Newsletter published from 1972 to 1977 UBCIC News: Newsletter published form 1977 to 1980 UBCIC Posters: Posters created in the 1970s to present day […]

Where in BC?

Northern BC ca. 1942 Originally uploaded by TFM Update: This photograph was taken in Woodcock, British Columbia. Woodcock is a stop on the CNR line just west of Kitwanga. There was a telegraph relay station there and it seems reasonable that my grandfather was there because of the telegraph. I have posted several pictures of […]

2006 Census Data on Aboriginals Released

Related Stories Native group assails StatsCan census results, calls for review (Canadian Press) Native group wants review of census results; National Assembly disputes numbers of aboriginals living off reserve (Brantford Expositor) There’s lots of coverage and interpretation of the 2006 census data as it relates to aboriginal people in Canada. Some note that urban centres […]

Delgamuukw Judge McEachern Dies

Former Chief Justice and judge in the original Delgamuukw trial (1991) Allan McEachern has died. (The Vancouver Sun article (link above) has extensive commentary about the Delgamuukw Decision and McEachern’s feelings about the criticism of that decision.) Sphere: Related Content

Suicide in BC Community

The Vancouver Sun publishes today a long and immensely sad portrait of suicide and other social problems in Hazelton, British Columbia. The article’s subtitle summarizes adequately the suicide problem facing the community: “Eight suicides and 111 attempts this year have left a B.C. community reeling.” Speculative answers for the suicide epidemic are given: downturn in […]

The Musqueam Land Deal Discussed at ‘Forests and Oceans’

Charles Menzies has a thoughtful post about the disconnect between the public’s intellectual ability to accept aboriginal land and title rights and the emotional refusal to accept that the UBC Golf Course and part of a popular park could be returned to the Musequeam First Nation in a land settlement. Charles asks specifically for responses […]

Royal BC Museum Celebrating BC History with People’s Stories

Next year, 2008, marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of British Columbia. The Crown Colony of BC was created in 1858, uniting the Colony of Vancouver Island (established in 1849) with the mainland. To celebrate, the Royal BC Museum has started the “Free Spirit” Exhibit Project. Leading to a museum exhibit in the spring, […]

Early History of BC Returns to Van. Sun

The third series in the Vancouver Sun’s coverage of early British Columbia history is now available. This set of articles is timed to coincide with the two hundredth anniversary of Simon Fraser’s explorations of British Columbia. (2008 is also the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the colony of British Columbia.) Steven […]

The Curse of Mining in BC

From ‘Killing the Curse‘ in the Vancouver Province: Canadian Indians were shafted by the Klondike gold rush 110 years ago and won’t let it happen again, Phil Fontaine says. The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations told a Vancouver audience last week that Skookum Jim Mason and his cousin, Tagish Charlie, made the […]