The Men, The Ship & The Environment
Popular and academic histories of the St. Roch highlight the vessel’s traversal of the Northwest Passage between 1940-1942, and 1944, as a herald of postwar Canadian Arctic sovereignty. In his talk, Dylan will examine how the cultural and political climate of Vancouver in the 1960s and 1970s led archivists, historians, and museum curators to develop this interpretation. Their overemphasis on a brief window of time obscures the legacies of the St. Roch’s long operational history in the Western Arctic. As he will show, this bears not only on how Vancouverites relate to the Arctic, but also for Inuit-Canadian relations during the first half of the twentieth-century.
Dylan Burrows is an Anishinaabe doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia’s Department of History. Originally from Algonquin territory in what is now Eastern Ontario, he lives and works as a guest on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. His dissertation, Line-Crossings: An Indigenous Labour History of the Imbricate Arctic, 1849-1948, examines Inuit acts of labour in Arctic North America in the context British, Danish, and Canadian Arctic colonialism.