From exclusion to inclusion: Richmond conference reflects on, learns from history

Mon, May 4, 2015

Richmond, B.C. – From multiculturalism in Richmond, to charting the social landscape of the Georgia Straight, and the clam and pork wars that helped define B.C. trade – this week’s 2015 BC Studies Conference will offer three days of history, research and stories of life in British Columbia.

Hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Richmond’s Melville Centre for Dialogue, dozens of academics from throughout Canada and abroad will present topics that span centuries of history on the West Coast. Featured panel discussions will open up conversations on a diverse set of issues, including Japanese-Canadian experiences, race and criminal justice in B.C., and accessibility to education and the open textbook movement.

“2014 was a momentous year for British Columbians coming to terms with exclusionary aspects of their history. Both the 100th anniversary of the refusal to admit the passengers of the Komagata Maru and the Lower Mainland gathering of the residential school Truth and Reconciliation Commission prompted scholars from many disciplines to look once more at British Columbia’s troubled history of exclusionary policies,” says Dr. Tracey Kinney, chair of KPU’s Department of History, and a member of the conference organizing committee.

“The 2015 BC Studies Conference examines British Columbia’s past, present and future in light of these and many other issues facing the province today.”

Themed From Exclusion to Inclusion: Forging a Multicultural Identity in British Columbia, the conference aims to highlight, celebrate and critically examine some of the best and worst moments of B.C. history that continue to define the province today.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Dr. Patricia E. Roy, professor emeritus from the University of Victoria. Her “From Exclusion to Inclusion” talk will offer an informal memoir of East Asian history in British Columbia.

BC Studies is a quarterly publication dedicated to the exploration and understanding of B.C.’s cultural, economic and political life, past and present. The publication supports a conference by the same name every two years, which is spearheaded by a host institution.

The three-day program for the 2015 BC Studies Conference at KPU is available here.

WHEN: May 7-9, 9:30 a .m.-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Melville Centre for Dialogue, KPU Richmond (8771 Lansdowne Rd.)
INFO: Advanced registration is recommended. For more information, visit

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Historical photos available here.

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