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31st Annual Conference

British Association for Canadian Studies

New Hall, University of Cambridge, UK

19 - 21 April 2006

Keynote speakers
Alanis Obomsawin
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
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.

Conference Programme


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.

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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