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The third great ‘devil dance’

As a gold rush historian, I have always been fascinated…

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The mysterious traveler

Prior to Confederation with Canada in 1871, British Columbia was…

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War in the New El Dorado and the birth of British Columbia: Part 2 of 2

Catch up with Part One here. Even after the Fraser…

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War in the New El Dorado and the birth of British Columbia: Part 1

It seems to me that having researched the history of…

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Claiming the Land – the need for a more inclusive story

The Orca’s very own Daniel Marshall is an award-winning historian,…

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Lost in translation?

For the last year or two I have been working…

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Margaret A. Ormsby: British Columbia institution

Editor’s note: the following originally appeared in The Ormsby Review….

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Hiking the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’

I remember well the time when my father and I…

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The forgotten context of Canada’s oldest Chinatown – Part II

In my previous column, The Forgotten Context of Canada’s Oldest…

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The forgotten context of Canada’s oldest Chinatown – Part I

A couple of months ago, sitting at the bar of…

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An anthropology of belonging

Editor’s note: this originally appeared in The Ormsby Review. In…

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The return of Chief Tsulpi’multw’s ceremonial blanket

Last month, we celebrated National Indigenous Day (June 21). The…

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BC’s first Rural/Urban split

Since its inception, British Columbia has had to contend with…

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The curious story of Yale’s Garry Oak grove

Last week I had the great pleasure to return to…

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‘The Peculiar Circumstances of British Columbia’

Some of history’s most crucial turning points have since fallen…

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‘Unembarrassed by a shilling of debt’

Viewing the 1858 BC gold rush from the other side…

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Fort Rupert and the mystery of the Fort Victoria treaties

Read part one here. One of the enduring mysteries of…

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Fort Rupert and the forgotten coalfields of Suquash

When the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) expanded its land-based fur…

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B.C.’s permeable border

Whenever I travel up the No. 1 Highway through the…

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British Columbia’s Forgotten Governor

Some years ago, I started a mission of exploration. I…

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BC, Latin America, and the Monroe Doctrine

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently accused the United States of…

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Shut down the province?

One has only to read the headlines to realize the…

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An independent British Columbia?

Many years ago in Montreal, during the height of the…

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The Land as History Book

I remember taking my grandfather for a drive around Victoria,…

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The Colour-blind Commonwealth

  In a world that seems increasingly divided by ethnic…

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The forgotten treaty-making of Chief Maquinna

It’s easy to take for granted today, but the “British”…

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British Columbia: refuge for political exiles?

Given the recent BC municipal elections, it seems appropriate to…

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Tracking down history

On August 25th, 2018, we launched our 160th Anniversary Raft…

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‘British California’

Editor’s note: In 1858, just nine years after California was…

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