“The authors have assembled an impressive compendium. After spending a lifetime at sea commercial fishing, I find this book provides valuable insight for ecological and fisheries scientists, managers and resource harvesters to consider when assessing how best to conserve and sustain these important species. The authors’ contributions to this subject reflect years of experience and dedication to improving our understanding and relationship with aquatic ecosystems. ”
—Brian Mose, executive director, Deep Sea Trawlers Association

“Detailed, thorough, comprehensive and wonderfully illustrated. This compendium of up-to-date information on sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras of British Columbia is authored by well-known and respected scientists with a wealth of personal experiences and expertise. The background biological information is easily understandable, the treatment of each species provides a guide to understanding the unexpectedly wide and surprising diversity of this group of animals in Canadian waters, and the exceptional photographs by Andy Murch make this a standout addition to any library for scientists and non-scientists alike. ”
—Dr. Jeffrey C. Carrier, professor emeritus of biology, Albion College, and senior editor of Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives

Sharks, Skates, Rays and Chimeras of British Columbia is a long-overdue book on a diverse group of species found on our coast. This handbook is accessible to any reader and strikes the perfect balance of scientific detail, history, conservation, imagery and useful facts. Despite the comprehensive review, it left me contemplating how little we truly understand. Anyone interested in the natural history of British Columbia’s marine life should have this on their shelf.”
—Scott Wallace, senior research scientist, David Suzuki Foundation

“This is a book I’ll be picking up frequently. It can be opened at any page and enjoyed and can quickly be consulted for reference. . . .The information is balanced and the book is beautifully packaged, full of colour and very accessible print.”
—Cherie Thiessen for Pacific Yachting


“…a cloud passing away from the face of the moon revealed a band of wild horses bearing down upon us at a full gallop. As they came near and saw us they divided into two groups, passing by on either side. Had the moon not come out they would probably have become entangled in our tent ropes, and we should not have lived to tell the tale.”

—Violet Sillitoe, between Osoyoos and Penticton

This is a woman’s story in her own words. It is also a story of the times she lived in, and of how her class, social standing and role as a settler shaped her relationships with the world around her. Henry & Self is the personal account of a remarkable woman who lived through nearly a century of colonial history, but it is also a unique perspective on the beliefs and motivations that shaped that century.

Kathryn Bridge is an author and archivist based in in Victoria, BC. She is a curator emerita of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

We are in a new era of reconciliation that involves repatriation—the return of Indigenous objects and Ancestral remains to their home communities—and the creation of meaningful relationships between museums and Indigenous communities. This handbook, the first to be created by and for Indigenous people, provides practical information that will enable each of the 34 unique Indigenous language and cultural groups in BC to carry out the process of repatriation in ways that align with the cultural traditions of each respective community. It also provides information that will be helpful to museums, and to Indigenous communities across Canada.

Jisgang Nika Collison is Executive Director and Curator at the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay. Sdaahl K’awaas Lucy Bell is the head of the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department at the Royal BC Museum. Lou-ann Neel is the repatriation specialist at the Royal BC Museum.

On a late summer day, many years ago, a young man set out on a voyage through the mountains. He never reached his destination. When his remains were discovered by three British Columbia hunters, roughly three hundred years after he was caught by a storm or other accident, his story had faded from even the long memory of the region’s people. First Nations elders decided to call the discovery Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį—Long Ago Person Found.

The discovery of the Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį man raised many questions. Who was he and how did he die? Where had he come from? Where was he going, and for what purpose? What did his world look like? But his remains, preserved in glacial ice for centuries, offered answers, too—as did the traditional knowledge and experience of the Indigenous peoples in whose territories he lived and died.

In this comprehensive and collaborative account, scientific analysis and cultural knowledge interweave to describe a life that ended just as Europeans were about to arrive in the northwest. What emerges is not only a portrait of an individual and his world, but also a model for how diverse ways of knowing, in both scholarly and oral traditions, can complement each other to provide a new understanding of our complex histories.

WINNER of two PubWest Book Design Awards: Judges’ Choice  Award and a Gold Medal in the Adult Trade – Illustrated category.

WINNER of an Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada: Second Prize in the Prose Illustrated category.

What is family? Is it defined by blood and birth? Or can we invite whomever we want into that intimate embrace?

In The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging, twenty contributors from across British Columbia—including museum curators, cultural luminaries, writers and thinkers young and old from First Nations, LGBTQ, Japanese Canadian and Punjabi communities, among others—share their vastly differing perspectives on what family means.

This superb collection of personal narratives, poems and essays will provoke, tease, enlighten and infuriate. Isn’t that what family does best?


Jack Lohman, Sadhu Binning, Martha Black, Don Bourdon, Kathryn Bridge, Tzu-I Chung, Shushma Datt, Mo Dhaliwal, Zoé Duhaime, barbara findlay, Lynn Greenhough, Judith I. Guichon, Lorne F. Hammond, Joy Kogawa, Patrick Lane, Luke Marston, Bev Sellars, Monique Gray Smith, Ann-Bernice Thomas and Larry Wong.


Written by Robert Griffin and Richard A. Rajala

In The Sustainability Dilemma, authors Robert Griffin and Richard A. Rajala delve into two of the more controversial issues British Columbians have faced over the past 60 years—the management of our forest industry and its impact on our freshwater ecosystems. Well-illustrated with black-and-white and colour photographs, this book looks closely at some of the key players and issues of the time—from E.C. Manning, C.D. Orchard and the proposal and implementation of sustained-yield policies in the 1930s and 1940s to Ray Williston, Jim Hart, and two fish-forestry conflicts that captured province-wide attention in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr. Robert Griffin served as history curator at the Royal BC Museum for more than 30 years and wrote many articles on the forest and mining industries. Since his retirement he has co-authored two books for the Royal BC Museum: Feeding the Family: 100 Years of Food and Drink in Victoria (with Nancy Oke; RBCM 2011) and Stewards of the People’s Forests: A Short History of the British Columbia Forest Service (with Lorne Hammond; RBCM 2014).

Dr. Richard A. Rajala teaches history at the University of Victoria.  His previous publications have won the Forest History Society’s Charles A. Weyerhaeuser, Theodore C. Belgen, and Ralph W. Hidy awards. As a research associate at the Royal BC Museum he provided a comprehensive history of logging from Bella Coola to the Nass River in Up-Coast: Forests and Industry on BC’s North Coast 1870–2005 (RBCM 2006).

Written by Alex Van Tol

Illustrated by Mike Deas

For children aged 8 to 12

Alex Van Tol has harvested the knowledge of museum biologists to alert the next generation of responsible environmentalists. Her list of serious invaders includes the colourfully named Purple Loosestrife, Violet Tunicate, Eastern Grey Squirrel and Yellow Perch, species that tend to take over an area and crowd out or destroy native species. She names the creatures that can eat their way through an ecosystem, like Smallmouth Bass, Gypsy Moths and American Bullfrogs, as well as those that cause damage to property, like Norway Rats and European Starlings. And she points out the species that might do serious harm to humans and other animals, such Rockpool Mosquitoes, Giant Hogweed and Poison Hemlock. Some aliens, like European Wall Lizards and Giant Garden Slugs, haven’t yet posed problems in BC, at least not that we’re aware of – but they still need to be watched. And finally, Van Tol raises the alert species that haven’t yet arrived but may be coming soon, like Northern Snakeheads, Fence Lizards and Zebra Mussels.

This readable and alarmingly informative book will help young people prepare for the invasion, and arm them with the tools to stop the spread of unwanted aliens in British Columbia.

About the author

A former middle school teacher, Alex Van Tol has written numerous books for young people. She claims that Aliens Among Us has been the most fun to research and write, because she learned so much in the process. She lives with her two sons in Victoria, BC.

About the illustrator

Mike Deas has illustrated or written several books for young readers, including Dalen and Gole and the Graphic Guide Adventure series. He grew up with a love of illustrative storytelling and Capilano College’s Commercial Animation program helped him fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Mike lives with his family on sunny Saltspring Island.

The Royal British Columbia Museum is renowned for its authentic and evocative exhibitions, but there’s so much more to discover behind the world-famous dioramas and displays. The collections housed in the museum and archives include millions of plant and animal specimens, and great numbers of historical and archaeological artifacts, photographs, films, audio recordings and fine art, such as the world’s largest collection of works by Emily Carr.

Treasures of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives features full-page colour photographs of artifacts and specimens selected from its vast collections and celebrated exhibitions. In the essays, Jack Lohman argues how museum collections are vital to our understanding of nature, culture and the world in general; Martha Black discusses the evolution of collecting First Nations art and artifacts since the museum opened in 1886; Richard Hebda relates the natural history collections to our growing understanding of ecosystems, biodiversity and climate change, locally and globally; Grant Keddie explores the importance of archaeological collections to the study of long-term cultural development; and Gary Mitchell recounts the history of archival collecting in BC and the importance of having a central repository for the province.

Dr Martha Black is curator of ethnology at the Royal British Columbia Museum and the author of Out of the Mist.

Dr Richard Hebda is curator of botany and earth history at the Royal British Columbia Museum and the co-author of Saanich Ethnobotany.

Grant Keddie is curator of archaeology at the Royal British Columbia Museum and the author of Songhees Pictorial.

Professor Jack Lohman is chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum and the author of Museums at the Crossroads.

Gary Mitchell is emeritus provincial archivist for the British Columbia Archives.



Introduction by Kathryn Bridge

Pre-Hispanic Metalwork of Colombia by María Alicia Uribe Villegas, Juan Pablo Quintero Guzmán and Héctor García Botero

The British Columbia Commonwealth: Gold Seekers and the Rush for Freedom by Daniel Marshall

Images and Intention: Early BC Gold Rushes Seen Through the Eyes of Painters and Photographers by Don Bourdon

Chinese Footprints in the Fraser River Gold Rush by Lily Chow

Trans-Pacific Gold Mountain Trade: Traces of Material Culture from BC’s Gold Rush by Tzu-I Chung

Women in the Fraser and Cariboo Gold Rushes by Marie Elliott

Conflict in the New El Dorado by Daniel Marshall

Another Wooden City in the Rocks: Historic Places of the Gold Rush in BC by Jennifer Iredale

After the Gold Rush: The History of Barkerville Historic Town by Judy Campbell

The Gold Rush and Confederation by Lorne Hammond

Dr Kathryn Bridge is a historian, archivist and museum curator. She has written several books on historical figures in BC, including By Snowshoe, Buckboard & Steamer (about BC’s frontier women), which won the 1998 Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, and most recently Emily Carr in England (RBCM 2014).



In 1899, at age 27, Emily Carr travelled to London to attend art school. She spent almost five years in England, and in this time her life completely changed. She returned to Canada in 1904 a mature woman, eyes widened from living abroad, chastened because of ill health and technically proficient as an artist.

Historian Kathryn Bridge takes a fresh look at Emily Carr’s time in England. She reveals new evidence that fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of this important phase of Carr’s life, and she documents important connections with people that the artist maintained throughout her life. She illustrates her findings with historical photographs and Carr’s own sketches, paintings and “funny books”, some never published before. Altogether, this book gives readers an entertaining second look into a pivotal time in the life of one of Canada’s most famous artists.

Three of Emily Carr’s funny books are included in this volume:

  • A London Student Sojourn, in which Carr makes fun of life in Mrs Dodd’s Guest House, where she stayed while attending the Westminster School of Art.
  • Kendal & I, recalling the day she and her friend Hannah Kendall attempted in vain to watch the funeral procession of Queen Victoria.
  • The Olsson Student, a comical look at a painting excursion into the woods during her art-school days in St Ives, Cornwall.

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