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Modern Treaty Territories in Canada in 2009. Nearly half of Canada’s lands and waters are in some way impacted by these comprehensive land claim agreements. Reproduced with permission of the Land Claims Agreement Coalition.

Modern Treaties in Canada: A Call for Engaged, Collaborative Historical Research

by Andrew Stuhl, Bruce Uviluq, Anna Logie, and Derek Rasmussen Editor’s note: This post originally appeared at Modern treaties are reshaping Canada. Since 1975, the federal government and Indigenous communities […]

Cavendish Beach, PEI National Park (December 2010)

The Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

He was looking at her closely as they went up a hill after crossing a river so blue that Jane had exclaimed in rapture over it . . . a […]

The Forest School in High Park, Toronto (13 June 1917), Library & Archives Canada

The Now-Annual Call for Syllabi

It’s a new school year – new lunchbox, new pencils, new syllabi! Like last year, if you’ve got new classes in or involving environmental history, we’d like to hear from […]

Muskrat Falls Generating Station under construction (copyright Nalco)

History Lingers at Muskrat Falls

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth and final in a series titled “Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada.” Is Muskrat Falls a Big Dam? Muskrat Falls is an 824-megawatt capacity hydroelectric project […]

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Hydroelectric Development in Eeyou-James Bay

Editor’s Note: This post is the third in a series titled “Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada.” James Bay is a place that evokes different histories, different perspectives of nationhood, and a good […]

Photo Credit: Emma Gilchrist, DeSmog Canada

“To C or not to C”: Dam Development in Northern British Columbia

Editor’s Note: This post is the second in a series titled “Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada.”   The pun is terrible, but Hamlet’s soliloquy about choices and consequences is an apt place […]

Rideau river at Manotick Mill. Source: Roy MacGregor / The Globe and Mail

#EnvHist Worth Reading: August 2016

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

Parks Canada sign on Rideau System. Photo by Daniel Macfarlane

Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada

Editor’s Note: This is the introductory post for a series titled “Dam Nation: Hydroelectric Developments in Canada.”    Is hydroelectricity “green”? Renewable energy advocates are divided on this score. On the one hand, electricity from […]

Cattle on Côte-des-Neiges Road, Montreal, QC, about 1900. McCord Museum, MP-0000.27.69

Environmental Nuisances and Political Contestation in Canadian Cities: A Special Issue of Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine

By Owen Temby and Jessica van Horssen The latest issue of Urban History Review/Revue histoire urbaine is a special themed issue we guest edited on the topic of environmental nuisances and […]

Featured Image: Healthy longleaf pine forest in the sandhills of North Carolina. Photo by author.

Finding Longleaf Pine in American History

Editor’s Note: This post is the second in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members of the American Society for Environmental History […]

"You Can't Ignore the Rat," Provincial Archives of Alberta. Commissioned and Distributed by Division of Entomology, Department of Public Health, Government of Alberta, 1950.

Rats and Communism: Protecting Alberta from Invasion in the Early Cold War

Among Alberta’s various international claims to fame is its status as the only rat-free region in North America. While the Norway Rat, a species that now inhabits all continents save […]


Model Environments: Engineering the Niagara and St. Lawrence Megaprojects

Something about models fascinates people. I’m not talking about the “super” kind that strut on catwalks. I’m referring to the three-dimensional representation variety. Models are a staple of the heritage […]