Dawn Johnson is an Elder from the Upper Similkameen Indian Band and a Director with the Princeton and District Museum and Archives. In her presentation, which took place at the British Columbia Historical Federation's 2023 conference in Princeton, Dawn speaks about okra, pictographs, the Ashnola peoples and society, first contact with newcomers, Fort Okanogan, ranching, pack trains, Band activities today, and language.
Dr. Jason Colby teaches environmental history at the University of Victoria and gives an entertaining presentation to the Vancouver Historical Society on how the "killer whales" of sensationalized news stories became the beloved orcas of the West Coast and Salish Sea in the 1960s and 1970s. He describes how captured orcas convinced scientists and trainers that they are intelligent beings, and the environmental challenges facing their declining population.
Jennifer Dunkerson is the new boss at the Nelson Museum.
She was previously in management at the Revelstoke Railway Museum and Columbia Basin Trust and has been a planner with Heritage BC.
Read more at mynelsonnow.com.
The Winter 2023 edition of British Columbia History, which is on its way to subscribers now, is guest-edited by Ron Verzuh, and presents history from the workplace trenches. Verzuh also contributed "Challenging the Male Breadwinner Tradition: Making history in the workplace."
Among the other featured stories: "The Indigenous Miners of British Columbia's First Coal Fields," by John Lutz; "Eight Hours Underground," by Peter Smith; "Tunnelling for Workplace Justice: How foreign workers won their rights at SkyTrain's Canada Line," by Joe Barrett; "Darshan Singh Sangha: 'Forever Canadian' union organizer," by Donna Sacuta; "women on both sides of the Great Vancouver Island Coal Miners' Strike, 1912-14," by Aimee Greenaway; "Rebel Union Local 7292 in the Elk Valley," by Tom Langford," and "The CKLG Strike of 1975: A memorable moment in Canadian radio and labour history," by Leslie Kenny; "Thelma Emblem, Whistle Punk," by Aimee Greenaway; "Discovering Ginger Goodwin," by Wayne Norton; and "Singing and Solidarity," by Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat.
Plus we have regular columns from Aimee Greenaway, Mark Forsythe, and Terry Arnett. All packed into 52 pages!
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Historic Turner House. Photo from Heritage Abbotsford Society website
The Heritage Abbotsford Society has received an award from the National Trust for its efforts to save and restore Turner House. Built circa 1875, the small board and batten cottage served as farmhouse and family home to Royal Engineer George Turner, who surveyed roads in the Fraser Valley. The house has been moved to Clayburn Village from its original site. Learn more in this Abbotsford News story.
Sons of Freedom children at New Denver in the 1950s. Royal BC Museum and Archives C-01739
An apology to B.C.'s Doukhobor community for the removal of children from their homes has been postponed by the provincial government. The apology was expected this week, but has been delayed until the new year. It's been 24 years since an ombudsperson's report recommended an apology and compensation for actions that were, "unjust and oppressive." Some members of the Doukhobor community are hurt and dismayed by the postponement. Read more in this Arrow Lakes News story.
Keith Powell has simultaneously launched Abandoned Kootenays and Koocanusa Burning. The former is a photo collection while the latter is an historical novel.
Read more at myeastkootenaynow.com.
A 93-year-old former elementary school in South Slocan will soon only be a memory.
Read more at mykootenaynow.com.
The Doukhobor Discovery Centre says it needs more cash from the City of Castlegar to support its operations.
The removal of an awning from a building in downtown Trail revealed a hand-painted sign for a travel agency probably from the 1970s.
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