All posts by Sean Kheraj

"Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin" mural at Lloyd S. King Elementary School.

CHESS 2017 Reflections: Acknowledging People and the Land

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of reflections on the 2017 Canadian History and Environment Summer School. You can find all the articles here. CHESS 2017 felt […]

“May Contain Wolf,” as installed at the Tree Museum, Mary Anne Barkhouse, image courtesy of the artist

Nature’s Past Episode 56: Animal Metropolis

Episode 56: Animal Metropolis [38:08] Download Audio To kick off the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, I joined two of the editors of a new […]

"The Black Marble" NASA, 2012

2017 Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History: Sara Pritchard

  The Department of History at York University hosted the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History on March 20 at 4pm in the Schulich Private Dining Room. The lecture was delivered by Professor […]

Polar Bear Swim, English Bay, Vancouver, BC. Source: Flickr

The Otter~La loutre: Top Five Posts of 2016

With 2016 behind us, now is the time to take a quick peek at the most popular posts of the year on The Otter~La loutre. 2016 was a big year for […]

“Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, QC, 1944” Source: Library and Archives Canada, Mikan 3197547

Nature’s Past Episode 55: Asbestos Mining and Environmental Health

    Episode 55: Asbestos Mining and Environmental Health [38:08] Download Audio In 2012, Canada stopped mining and exporting asbestos. Once considered a miracle mineral for its fireproof qualities, asbestos came […]

New York City rally in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors. Source: Joe Catron, Flickr.

Indigenous Voices and Resistance in Oil Pipeline History: The Dene Tha’ and the Norman Wells Pipeline

The actions, protest, and resistance in Sioux Nation Territory among Indigenous people, ENGOs, and other allies in North Dakota in recent months echo what Paul Sabin once referred to as […]

Old Women's Buffalo Jump, Alberta

CHESS 2016 Reflections: Reconciliation and Environment

Editor’s Note: This article features spherical photographs from CHESS 2016. Just click and drag the cursor on the images to get the full view. For me and many of the […]

Otto Reinhold Jacobi, "Canadian Fall" (1870). Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Nature of Confederation

Nature mattered to Confederation.[1] In the minds of many of the legislators from the Province of Canada in 1865, the union of the colonies of British North America was providential […]

“A section of the Hamilton waterfront, 1927” Source: Library and Archives Canada, 3317003.

Nature’s Past Episode 53: The Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour

    Episode 53: The Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour [41:33] Download Audio If you look at a map of the head of Lake Ontario and the waterfront of […]

Cattle drive down Main Street, Barkerville, 1898. Source: City of Vancouver Archives.

Urban Political Authority: Regulating the Urban Environment

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Time: 10:15am to 12pm Location: Sciences Theatres 61 On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, I will be on a joint panel of the annual meetings of the […]


Register Now: Calgary Institute for the Humanities Community Forum on Urban Animals

Next week, I will be speaking on a panel for the 2016 annual community forum at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. The theme for this year’s panel is “Calgary: City […]

"Seattle" Source: Flickr.

Editors’ Impressions of ASEH 2016

Last week, I did not attend the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History. I had to attend from afar by reading the various Tweets emitted by […]