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Migrations
31st Annual Conference

British Association for Canadian Studies

New Hall, University of Cambridge, UK

19 - 21 April 2006



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Keynote speakers
Alanis Obomsawin
(Film-maker)
Abenaki People From Where The Sun Rises

Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh
(Centennial Professor, Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE)
Fostering common belonging in multi-ethnic societies

Professor Marie McAndrew
(Chair in Ethnic Relations, University of Montreal)
Quebec’s immigration and integration policy: a critical assessment

Professor Itesh Sachdev
(President, BACS)
To be or not to be an ‘Indian’:
some identity and language data from Canada and Bolivia
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People and Wilderness in Canada
People and wilderness in Canada: realities, perceptions, visions

Afternoon colloquium, BACS, 19 April 2006

Four papers will be given, with ample time in each for questions and discussion. A plenary session at the end will allow comments and contributions from colleagues. A special issue of the British Journal of Canadian Studies is planned, to be published in 2007, for which contributions of 5-8,000 words on the ‘wilderness’ theme are invited.


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Conference Programme

MIGRATIONS

This version of the programme was updated on 16 April 2006.



Please note that on the first afternoon the timings for People and Wilderness in Canada (Environment I and II) are different from the timings for Sessions A and B, as they form a separate strand in which the team from the University of Leeds will present research arising from their Sustained Studies Project.



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Migrations Abstracts
Wednesday April 19th
Session A: Environment
Shared visions, shared prairies: contemporary attempts to conserve wilderness in the grasslands of Saskatchewan
Human modifications of prairie ecosystems over the past century-and-a-half have produced the ‘most humanly-modified’ natural region in Canada.  The paper explores recent measures to restore wilderness through the combined efforts of environmentalists, NGOs, land-users, government specialists and land-use planners.  Success depends crucially on adaptability, cooperation, compromise and vision. 
Ken Atkinson (University of Leeds)
 Foe, friend and fragility: evolving settler interactions with the inland wilderness of Newfoundland from early settlement to the present
To the first European settlers the Newfoundland interior seemed a foe; nature dominated fragile people: daunting, trackless, yet with care capable of supplying some necessities of life in that harsh location. To contemporary Newfoundlanders the interior seems a friend; nature, now dominated, allows adventure from hiking to hunting, the tracklessness overcome by snowmobiles, atvs and helicopters. Ironically this has turned the tables: the erstwhile terrifying wilderness is now the fragile party; we pose the question - can a lasting balance be developed, turning foes into friends, protecting the fragilities of people and nature?
David N. Collins (University of Leeds)
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