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Two Perspectives on Indigenous Resistance: Emily Carr’s Klee Wyck, the RCMP, and Title to the Kitwancool Valley in 1927

Presenter: Hamar Foster, QC, Faculty of Law

Friday, Sept. 7: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

In the summer of 1928 Emily Carr visited the village of Kitwancool (Gitanyow) in order to paint the totem poles that were there. Less than a year earlier several men from the village had been tried and convicted at Smithers for hindering the survey of reserves in the Kitwancool Valley. Prof. Foster will discuss the background to these prosecutions, including the land claims movement that was active between 1906 and 1928, and compare the police reports of the arrests and trials with Emily Carr’s impression of the village and the people of Kitwancool.

Hamar Foster, QC, is a professor emeritus at UVic. He practiced law in Vancouver before joining the Faculty of Law here in 1978, where he taught a number of subjects, including Criminal Law, Evidence, Property Law, Aboriginal Law and Legal History, until his retirement in 2015. A recent essay is “One Good Thing: Law and Elevator Etiquette in the Indian Territories,” in Rutherdale, Abel and Lackenbauer, ed. Roots of Entanglement: Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations (U. of Toronto Press 2018).

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