Professor Emeritus


University of British Columbia, 1982, EdD, History of education
University of California at Berkeley, 1970, MLS, Librarianship
Harvard University, 1963, MA, Russian studies
Macalester College, 1961, BA, International relations and history

Selected Publications


Edited with Cheryl Suzack, Jeanne Perreault, and Shari Huhndorf, Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics,

Activism, Culture.  Vancouver: UBC Press, forthcoming.

British Columbia:  Spirit of the People.   Madeira Park, BC: Harbour for BC150 and the Province of British

            Columbia, 2008.

Edited with Robert A.J. McDonald and Jill Wade, Readings in the History of British Columbia. 3rd ed.

Kamloops: Thompson Rivers University, 2008. Also Burnaby: Open Learning Agency, 1997;


The West beyond the West: A History of British Columbia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 3rd. ed.,

2007, rev. 1996, orig. 1991

With Jan Hare. Good Intentions Gone Awry: Emma Cosby and the Methodist Mission on the Northwest


. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.

“Family Life at Fort Langley,” British Columbia Historical News 32, 4 (Fall 1999), 16-23.
With Bruce Watson. “Fort Colville’s Fur Trade Families and the Dynamics of Aboriginal Racial Intermixture in the Pacific Northwest,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 90, 3 (Summer 1999), 140-53.
“What a Difference a Border Makes: Aboriginal Racial Intermixture in the Pacific Northwest,” Journal of
the West 38,3 (July 1999), 14-20.
“Invisible Women: Aboriginal Mothers and Mixed-Race Daughters in Rural British Columbia,” 159-79 in
R.W. Sandwell, ed., Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999.
“Vancouver’s Forgotten Entrepreneurs: Women Who Ran Their Own Schools,” British Columbia
Historical News 31, 4 (Fall 1998), 21-29.
“Families vs. Schools: Children of Aboriginal Descent in British Columbia Classrooms of the Late
Nineteenth Century,” 73-89 in Edgar-Andre Montigny and Lori Chambers, ed., Family Matters: Papers in Post-Confederation Canadian Family History. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1998.
“Taming Aboriginal Sexuality: Gender, Power, and Race in British Columbia, 1850-1900,” BC Studies: The
British Columbian Quarterly 115-16 (Fall-Winter 1997-98), 237-66. Reprinted in Mary Ann Irwin
and James F. Brooks, ed., Women and Gender in the American West (Albuquerque: University of
New Mexico Press, 2004), 210-35; J.M. Bumsted and Lent Kuffert, ed., Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Post-Confederation Reader, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004); Daniel Francis and Donald Smith, ed., Readings in Canadian History (Unionville ON: Thompson, 2006); Mary-Ellen
Kelm and Lorna Townsend, ed., In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s
History in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), 270-300.
“Whatever Happened to the Kanakas?” The Beaver: Exploring Canada’s History 77:6 (December 1997/
January 1998), 12-19.
“’I walk my own track in life & no mere male can bump me off it’: Constance Lindsay Skinner and the Work
of History,” 129-63 in Beverly Boutilier and Alison Prentice, ed., Creating Historical Memory:
English-Canadian Women and the Work of History. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997.
“Lost Okanagan: In Search of the First Settler Families,” Okanagan History 60 (1996), 8-20.
“Aboriginal Education at the Crossroads: The Legacy of Residential Schools and the Way Ahead,” 271-303 in
David Alan Long and Olive Patricia Dickason, ed., Visions of the Heart: Canadian Aboriginal Issues. Toronto: Harcourt, Brace, 1996. Reprinted in J.M. Bumsted and Lent Kuffert, ed., Interpreting Canada’s Past: A Post-Confederation Reader, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004).
“New Land, New Lives: Hawaiian Settlement in British Columbia,” Hawaiian Journal of History 29 (1996),
“Neighbourhood and Community in Interwar Vancouver: Residential Differentiation and Civic Voting
Behaviour,” 97-141 in McDonald and Barman, ed., Vancouver Past above.

Community Work

Academic member, Archives and History Committee, United Church of Canada, 2009-
Heritage consultant, City of Vancouver, City of Richmond, City of New Westminster,
Salmon Arm, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Convention Centre
projects, 2005-
Board member, Friends of the Vancouver Archives, 2004-
Board member, Chinese Canadian History Society of British Columbia, 2003-
Member, BC150 BC Moments Panel, Speaker’s Office, BC Government, 2008-09
Judge, Province of Saskatchewan book prizes, 2008
Consultant, Parks Canada, 2004-08
Director, Pacific BookWorld News Society (BC BookWorld), 1994-
Member, Vancouver City Council, Downtown Historic Greenway Committee, 2002-5
Member, Vancouver Museum Revitalization Project, 2001-02
Regular contributor, Almanac program, CBC Vancouver, 1998-2002
Director, BC Heritage Trust, 1992-99, first vice-chair, 1994-98, chair 1998-99