Nature’s Past Episode 2: Natural Resource Development in British Columbia

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Episode 2: Natural Resource Development in British Columbia

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This month’s episode focuses on resource development in British Columbia. Last November, the Nature/History/Society group hosted a roundtable on hydro in BC, featuring Jeremy Mouat (University of Alberta), Tina Loo (University of British Columbia), and Paul Hirt (Arizona State). In this episode we highlight a selection from Tina Loo’s talk on hydro-electric development and high modernism called ‘Towards an Environmental History of ‘Progress’. You can listen to the full roundtable on hydro in BC here.

Also, this month we feature an interview with Jonathan Peyton, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at UBC who is studying the history of resource conflict in the Stikine Plateau region of northern British Columbia.


Jeremy Mouat

Tina Loo

Paul Hirt

Jonathan Peyton

Work Cited:

On the Environment” Special Issue BC Studies 142/143 (Summer/Autumn 2004)

Music Credits:

See You Later by Pixt

“Smoke” by Pixt

“No” by Pixt

“Fun Key” by Pixt

Photo Credit:

“Site C dam site Fort St John 2017” by jasonwoodhead23


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 2: Natural Resource Development in British Columbia.” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 19 January 2009.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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