A Canadian Historian at the Copenhagen Conference

13 12 2009

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Canadian historian at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Claire Campbell, an associate professor of history at Dalhousie University, is part of the Nova Scotia delegation in Copenhagen. She is live blogging about her experiences at the Conference.
Her most recent blog post reads: “It’s an odd feeling to be going to my beloved Denmark more as a Nova Scotian, or a representative of Dalhousie, than as a Canadian. I really don’t know what kind of reception Canadians – not of all of whom support the federal position on the COP – will have. As the man sitting across from me in the airport just said, ‘We should be [setting] the standards of good citizenry around the world. We should be model citizens’….” Read the rest here.

Dr Campbell is one of Canada’s foremost environmental historians. Her first book, Shaped by the West Wind:  Nature and History in Georgian Bay, was published by University of British Columbia Press in 2004. She is currently working on a book about the history of Canada’s national parks. Her other publications include:  “‘To Free Itself, and Find Itself’:  Writing a History for the Prairie West,” in National Plots: Interrogation, Revision, and Re-Inscription in Canadian Historical Fiction, 1832-2005, eds. Andrea Cabajsky and Brett Josef Grubisic (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2009); ‘It was Canadian, then, typically Canadian’:  Revisiting Wilderness at Historic Sites,” British Journal of  Canadian Studies 21:1 (2008), pp. 5-34; “Global Expectations, Local Pressures: Some Dilemmas of a World Heritage Site,” Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society 11:1 (2008), pp. 1-18; “On Fertile Ground:  Locating Historic Sites in the Landscapes of Fundy and the Foothills“, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/Revue de la Société Historique du Canada 17 :1 (2006) pp. 235-265.

Wolfe, Montcalm, Remembrance Day 2009 Part II

22 09 2009

Christopher Moore has commented on my proposal that the Government of Canada invite the descendants of Wolfe and Montcalm to the 2009 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

He had this to say : “Andrew’s well worth a read. But the dead of 1759 who continue to resonate for me are the townspeople killed as their houses crumbled under shellfire during the siege of Quebec, the civilians shot down in skirmishes with the British, the militia who died in their thousands during the whole of the war, even the elderly and the children who died of malnutrition and fevers during the grim winters of that struggle. And that’s not to mention the Acadians, the people of Louisbourg…  It would be too bad if our understanding of that became caught up in honouring a French and a British general — or wrangling whether to honour them. Could we not honour an unknown soldier of the Canadian War of the Conquest?”

I certainly agree with Christopher  that we should remember all those who died in that battle—my proposal to invite the descendants of the two best-known casualties is intended to raise awareness of all those of who perished, white and Native, general and privates, civilians and military.