Finding Conflict in the Archive: Researching The Great Land Grab on Vancouver Island
When: November 19, 2017, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: Newcombe Conference Hall, Royal BC Museum, Victoria
Cost: $5 for non-members
In 1887, the Dominion of Canada granted the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Company (E&N) nearly two million acres on southern Vancouver Island – a final payment for completion of the rail line. Although this “Great Land Grab” is often understood as a one-time event, it generated decades of conflict. Kelly Black, Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at Vancouver Island University and FBCA Vice President, will describe his archival research and findings related to the E&N grant, conducted for his recently completed PhD dissertation. He will explain how the archival record both reveals and conceals conflict over land, conflict that continues to have consequences for the present-day.