Monthly Archives: August 2022

Canada’s 1st Indigenous Supreme Court Justice; former director wins emeritus award

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Program News

  • Former program director Nelson Graburn named Berkeley “Emeritus of the Year”

Canadian News

  • Michelle O’Bonsawin Confirmed As Canada’s First Indigenous Supreme Court Justice

Research Opportunities

  • ACSUS Executive Council nominations & elections

Former Program Director Nelson Graburn Wins Berkeley “Emeritus of the Year” Award

Canadian Studies is proud to announce that former program director Nelson Graburn has been named Distinguished Emeritus of the Year for 2022 by the UC Berkeley Emeriti Association. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishment by an emeritus faculty member since retirement. He will be honored at a reception hosted by the Emeriti Association early next month.

Professor Graburn is a professor emeritus of anthropology who has taught at Berkeley since 1964. He is an expert on Inuit culture and arts, and conducted his fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic. He joined the Canadian Studies Program shortly after its founding, and became a co-director in 1986. In 2005, he was appointed the inaugural holder of the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies, and served as program director until his retirement in 2012.

Professor Graburn’s current interests sit at the center of cultural preservation, identity, and tourism. Although officially retired, he still teaches a seminar on “Tourism, Art and Modernity” at UC Berkeley, and co-chairs the Tourism Studies Working Group. He also continues to conduct research in the field of contemporary Inuit art. In recent years, he has expanded his research to include the study of contemporary tourism in China and Japan. He continues to travel widely as a consultant and lecturer at various institutions.


Michelle O’Bonsawin Confirmed As Canada’s First Indigenous Supreme Court Justice

Canadian judge Michelle O’Bonsawin made history this week when the Prime Minister’s office confirmed her appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. When O’Bonsawin takes her seat on Thursday, she will be the first Indigenous justice to sit on Canada’s highest court. O’Bonsawin is a fluently bilingual Franco-Ontarian, and a member of the Abenaki Odanak First Nation in Quebec.

The Prime Minister’s office described her as “widely respected”, and released a summary of her “distinguished” 20-year legal career. In 2017, O’Bonsawin became the first Indigenous woman to be appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Prior to that, she was the General Counsel for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, as well as counsel with Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She is frequently cited on Indigenous issues, and has taught Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa. Her legal work has focused on labour and employment law, mental health, and human rights. In a public statement welcoming O’Bonsawin to the court, Chief Justice Richard Wagner called the new justice a “principled, authentic and hard-working” jurist.

While O’Bonsawin says that Indigenous legal traditions will inform her perspective, she also rebuffed suspicions of partiality, telling lawmakers “I’m a judge first and an Indigenous person… afterwards.” Nevertheless, she says that her life experience and background working with disenfranchised communities are an important part of her work. She also says that she hopes to serve as an inspiration to young women, both Indigenous and not, and that her example encourages them to follow their dreams.

O’Bonsawin is Trudeau’s fifth appointment the Supreme Court. She will replace outgoing justice Michael Moldaver, who will reach the court’s mandatory retirement age of 75 in December. Some legal analysts project that her appointment will result in a significant liberalization of the court, particularly with regards to the interpretation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Moldaver, who was tied for longest-serving member of the current court, long endorsed a relatively narrow approach to the Charter rights. At the time of his retirement in May, experts predicted that Trudeau would seek a replacement who supported a more generous interpretation and expansion of these rights. While O’Bonsawin’s background would seem to confirm this assessment, only time will tell what impact she will have on the court and Canada’s constitutional jurisprudence.


ACSUS Executive Council Nominations & Elections

Nomination deadline: September 23, 2022

The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for vice-president (1 opening) and executive councillor (4 openings).

Nominations are due no later than September 23. Nominations need to: (1) include the names, institutional affiliations, and contact info of 3 current association members who have agreed to endorse any nominee; and, (2) provide a brief biographical statement outlining the nominee’s experience/background in Canadian Studies (250-300 words). All nominees will be contacted by ACSUS prior to the start of the election to confirm their candidacy to serve on the Executive Council.

Voting will commence no later than September 30, with electronic election ballots being distributed to all ACSUS members. The deadline to vote is October 15. Following the tabulation, review and certification of the election results, an announcement to ACSUS members will be disseminated by October 21.

Nominations may be submitted by email to ACSUS Secretary Amy Sotherden at, or via this form,

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Remembered Light – The McDonald Windows at the Veterans Gallery

A reminder to our members that this exhibit is open to the public today (i.e., Wednesday) through Sunday, each week through to Sunday, 20 November.  Please take some time to experience it for yourself if you are in the Bay Area.

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Unleashing the Power of

Interreligious Cooperation

Remembered Light

The McDonald Windows

Remembered Light – Glass Fragments from World War II

The McDonald Windows

A special exhibit featuring works of glass art, incorporating stained glass shards collected by Chaplain Frederick Alexander McDonald during his service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The exhibit will be at the

Veterans Building, Veterans Gallery (Suite 102)

401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

August 28 – November 20, 2022

Wednesday through Sunday 1 – 6pm.

Admission is free

To learn more about the exhibit and The McDonald Windows please visit:


P.O. Box 29055, San Francisco, CA 94129

(415) 561-3930 (office) * (415) 515-5681 (cell) *

Maple Leaf Route Webinar – Canadian Servicewomen of the Second World War

Note these up-coming events from a partner of Dominion Command.  The first webinar, which may be of interest to some of our members, is scheduled for late tomorrow afternoon our time.

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31 August @ 7:30 pm ET

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The Second World War brought many crucial changes to the lives of Canadian women, including the opportunity for wider military service. Recruits who joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, and the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service challenged conceptions, broke barriers, and helped win a war. This talk will examine key aspects of their wartime experiences using biography and material culture.
Upcoming Webinars

The Irish Canadian Rangers in Canada and Ireland, 1914-17

29 September @ 7pm EDT

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01 December @ 7pm EDT

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Recent Events


Dieppe 80 Years After: The Juno Beach Centre’s Exhibition “From Dieppe to Juno”


Per Ardua ad Astra: The Royal Canadian Air Force and the Second World War


Fighting a White Man’s War: Canada’s First Nations Peoples and the Second World War


Ne-kah-ne-tah: The Liberation of Welberg, Memory, Meaning and Experience


Canada and the Second World War at Sea

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Last call to purchase tickets before we sell out

For those members who are local to the Bay Area, this event may be of interest.

On Sept 16th, 1854, Commander David Farragut officially opened the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

The Mare Island Historical Park Foundation invites you to come celebrate: Mare Island Founders Day – September 16th – 

Who: Foundation members and Mare Island residents, businesses, and stakeholders.

What: A backyard dinner, including a little history and Foundation update, to benefit the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, stewards of the Admiral’s Mansion, St. Peter’s Chapel, and the former (and future!) museum.

When: Sept 16th, 5:00-7:30 PM.

Where: The gardens of the Admiral’s Mansion, 1065 Walnut, Mare Island.

How: Tickets are limited. $30/person ($25 for kids 12 and under), includes dinner and a drink (Foundation members get an additional drink ticket). Deadline for purchasing tickets September 9. All proceeds benefit the Foundation.

For Details and to Purchase Tickets Visit:  

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the rich and diverse history of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. For more information, tours, and experiences on the Island, visit

Mare Island Historical Society · 250 13th St · Vallejo, CA 94590-6448 · USA

Historic Pictures – Western Command Annual Conventions

A thank you to Doug Lock (Secretary of the International Western USA Zone) who shared these photos with us during our 90th anniversary year.  Comrade Lock had received them from the survivor of a deceased Member of Branch 156 (Manhattan Beach) –  possibly the family of the late .  Also, thanks to the Vacaville Heritage Council for scanning most of the photos in for us.

There were also two pictures that were included in this project that did not have any identifying information on them.