Vancouver Island University, in association with BC Studies, hosted the multidisciplinary BC Studies Conference in 2017, on the theme (Un)Settling British Columbia. The conference was held May 4 - 6, 2017.

In the prize-winning book Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, Arthur Manuel strikes a hopeful note by suggesting that “the flood waters of colonialism are, at long last, receding” (223). Nonetheless, the arrival and settlement of non-Indigenous peoples and species in North America utterly transformed relationships and environments, and the legacies of colonialism remain profound.

Unsettling British Columbia means acknowledging and confronting these legacies, disturbing traditional perspectives of the province, and reexamining its economic, social and political systems.

Themes and ideas of this conference included:

Colonialism and resistance
Treaties and treaty-making
Land - its uses and meanings
Truth and Reconciliation
Energy past, present, and/or futures
Gender roles, identities, and expressions
Immigration and identities
British Columbia in Confederation
Indigenizing the Academy in BC

Website: BC Studies 2017 Conference
Web archive: BC Studies 2017: (Un)Settling British Columbia

Recent Submissions

  • Images and reality of First Nation women 

    Moore, Jacky (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-20)
    The turn of the twentieth century was a time when it was believed Aboriginal population numbers were rapidly declining. As the prevailing belief in the demise of these people persisted, a belief that continued into the ...
  • Individual and collective relationships with British Columbia's coastal landscape in Roderick Haig-Brown's "On the Highest Hill" 

    Southern, Chelsea (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-19)
    My presentation is on individual and collective relationships with BC’s coastal landscape in Roderick Haig-Brown’s novel, "On the Highest Hill". Using the main character, Colin Ensley, I consider how individualism and ...
  • Implementing Arthur Manuel's vision: Unsettling B.C. and Canada 

    Manuel, Ska-Hiish; Diabo, Russell; Schabus, Nicole; Mandell, Louise (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-06-15)
    The theme for the 2017 BC Studies conference, "(Un)Settling British Columbia" was influenced by the work of Arthur Manuel and his book "Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call" (2015, written with Grand Chief Ron ...
  • The politics of Aboriginal title in British Columbia: from the Referendum to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

    Rossiter, David; Burke Wood, Patricia (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-05-04)
    Over the course of the last decade and a half, we have interrogated key intersections of the political economy of natural resource development and ongoing geographic strategies of colonialism in BC. Studying Gordon Campbell’s ...
  • UnSettling downtowns 

    Williams, Alanna; Vaugeois, Nicole (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-05)
    Presentation of VIU's cultural mapping project, with the focus on Downtown Nanaimo,BC.
  • BC's international education strategy: implications for public post-secondary education 

    Wylie, Peter; Campbell, Shaun (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-05-06)
    How many international students in our public universities and colleges in BC are optimal? It is obviously more than 0%, but less than 100%. In Australia, international students make up about 25% of total post-secondary ...
  • The residents of the Victoria Gaol, 1864-1890 

    Inwood, Kris (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-05)
    A presentation file accompanying discussion of a preliminary research investigation into the Victoria BC Gaol Admissions Register (BC Archives, Series GR-308, volumes 7-11).
  • Unsettling the Settlement Act: Land conflict in the past and present on Vancouver Island 

    Black, Kelly (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-05-05)
    In 1883 the provincial government attempted to bring an end to speculation and debate about the transcontinental railway on Vancouver Island. Through the introduction of the Settlement Act the government intended to settle ...
  • A provincial digital library for BC: An unsettling proposition 

    BC PDL Steering Committee (2017-05-15)
    Collective understandings of who we are in British Columbia are constructed through public dialogue that increasingly occurs virtually, and with greater rapidity than ever before. A provincial digital library for BC is ...
  • Unsettling an image: Behind the BC Studies conference poster 

    Black, Kelly (BC Studies, 2017-02-02)
    Blog post exploring the use of the image "The picture of the King" from the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives collection for the 2017 BC Studies conference poster. Conference date: May 4 - 6, 2017. Location: ...
  • BC Studies 2017 conference poster 

    BC Studies (BC Studies, 2016)
    Poster for (Un)setting British Columbia - BC Studies 2017 conference. Conference date: May 4 - 6, 2017. Location: Vancouver Island University, Snuneymuxw First Nation Territory / Nanaimo, B.C.
  • BC Studies 2017: Call for proposals 

    BC Studies (BC Studies, 2016)
    Call for proposals for (Un)settling British Columbia - 2017 BC Studies Conference. Conference date: May 4 - 6, 2017. Location: Vancouver Island University, Snuneymuxw First Nation Territory / Nanaimo, B.C.