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History of British Columbia


A detailed history of the province we call home

~ Sourced from Wikipedia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada. Originally politically constituted as a pair of British colonies, British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation on July 20, 1871. Perhaps the most influential historian of British Columbia has been Margaret Ormsby; in British Columbia: A History (1958) she presented a structural model that has been adopted by numerous historians and teachers. Chad Reimer says, “in many aspects, it still has not been surpassed”. Ormsby posited a series of propositions that provided the dynamic to the history:

“the ongoing pull between maritime and continental forces; the opposition between a “closed”, hierarchical model of society represented by the Hudson’s Bay Company and colonial officials, and the “open”, egalitarian vision of English and Canadian settlers, and regional tensions between Vancouver Island and mainland, metropolitan Vancouver and the hinterland interior.”

To read more about British Columbia, follow the link to Wikipedia


Okanagan LGBTQ2SIA+ History: Telling Our Story


We need your help in uncovering the rich history of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Once social distancing has subsided, we will be seeking expressions of interest from potential contributors to help tell this story through documents, photographs, and audio/visual materials in their care. These collected stories will be presented in a public exhibition jointly coordinated and curated by Donna Langille; Community Engagement Librarian at UBC Okanagan, and Taysha Jarrett; Coordinator of Kelowna Rainbow Women.

Here’s where you come in.

Whether you’re looking for a bit of a distraction–or perhaps an indoor activity–take a look around your home for books, papers, pictures, recordings, or anything else that relates to the LGBTQ2SIA+ community in the Okanagan Valley. 

Discover with pride, and if you have any questions about the items in your care, or the project in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: donna.langille@ubc.ca

Have fun and happy digging!

Queer Century Celebration

Please join us for an evening reception celebrating A Queer Century on Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7:30pm in the Okanagan Special Collections Reading Room (COM 004A).

A Queer Century tells stories from the history of sexuality from the introduction of homosexuality as a named concept in Anglo-European world (1869) to its decriminalization in Canada (1969) through ephemera, rare publications, and archival records. In attendance will be curator Dr. Greg Mackie, who will provide exhibition highlights.

Wine, cheese and refreshments to be served.

Please RSVP to this event by email at libevents.ok@ubc.ca.