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Abbott, Elizabeth Scott, 1871-1957

  • Person
  • 1871-1957

Elizabeth Abbott was the daughter of R.H. Alexander, an early Vancouver pioneer. She was married to J. L. G. Abbott, a Vancouver lawyer.

Abbott, Harry (family)

  • Family

Harry Abbott was the general superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.

Aberdeen Hills PLURA Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1979-1986

In the mid-1970s, the Presbyterian, Lutheran, United Church, Roman Catholic, and Anglican communities in Kamloops began plans for an ecumenical venture in the south-west section of Kamloops. In 1979, they formed the Aberdeen Hills PLURA Society, and together they purchased five acres of land adjacent to Aberdeen Elementary School. The intention was to develop a jointly owned and operated site and centre for worship, study, and outreach. The vision was never realized.

Aberdeen, John Campbell Gordon, Marquess, 1847-1934

  • Person
  • 1847-1934

John Campbell Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen, was born in Scotland. He was Governor-General of Canada and owned the Guisachan and Coldstream Ranches in Kelowna and Vernon. He later died in Scotland.

Aberle, David

  • Person
  • 1918-2004

David F. Aberle was an American anthropologist and author. Born in 1918 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aberle completed a PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University in 1947. After returning from a stint oversees during World War II, Aberle began his academic career teaching at Harvard University between 1947 and 1950. Having previously worked in New Mexico studying the Navajo and Hopi, for two summers in 1949 and 1950, Aberle worked for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Window Rock, Arizona where he developed an enduring interest in Navajo culture and land rights in the Southwestern United States. Pursuing extensive field research in Arizona in the 1960s and into the 1970s and 1980s, Aberle studied Navajo kinship patterns, economic development and the Peyote religion among the Navajo. He also became an active participant in the Navajo-Hopi land dispute before the American courts in the 1970s, 80s and 90s which centered on the issues surrounding historical land occupation, removal to Reservation lands, land use and grazing rights between the Navajo and Hopi tribes in Arizona. Aberle collaborated on a variety of exploratory reports on the subject, and participated in an American Anthropological Association Ad Hoc Panel on Navajo-Hopi land claims which made recommendations to the courts and government agencies involved in the case. From 1952 to 1960, Aberle taught in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, moving to Brandeis University in 1961 and to the University of Oregon in 1963. Aberle and his wife, Kathleen Gough Aberle, also a professor at Brandeis and Oregon, left the United States in the wake of some controversy surrounding Gough’s stated position the Cuban Missile Crisis, which Aberle supported. Both Gough and Aberle were known to have Marxist leanings and openly challenged the US’s position toward Cuba and the War in Vietnam and actively sought university postings in Canada. Moving to Vancouver, Aberle taught at UBC in the Department of Anthropology and Society from 1967 becoming Professor Emeritus in 1984. The contributor to a number of volumes, and author of a number of essays and articles, in 1962 Aberle published the book "Chahar and Dagor Mongol Bureaucratic Administration: 1912-1945". In 1966, Aberle published "The Peyote Religion among the Navajo" and in 1974 he published "Lexical Reconstruction: The Case of the Proto-Athapaskan Kinship System" with Isidore Dyen. The majority of Aberle’s academic career was focused on his work with the Navajo in the Southwestern US. David Aberle died in 2004.

Abernethy, James

  • Person

James Abernethy was an employee of the Robert Dollar Co. in Deep Cove, which was concerned primarily with the milling and sale of lumber.

Abkhazi, Peggy

  • Person
  • 1902-1994

Peggy Abkhazi was born Marjorie Mabel Jane Carter in Shanghai, China. She and her mother returned to England in 1905. Her parents died shortly after, leaving her destitute, until she was adopted by acquaintances in Shanghai. Hereafter, she was known as Peggy Pemberton. They resided in England until her adoptive father died in 1918. Peggy traveled extensively with her widowed adoptive mother, during which times she met Nicholas Abkhazi, an exiled Georgian prince, in Paris. Circumstances separated them, and she returned to Shanghai with her adoptive mother. Mrs. Pemberton died in 1938, leaving Peggy financially independent. About this time, Peggy changed her name to Pemberton-Carter. She was interned by the Japanese, 1943-1945. This experience forms the basis of her book. "The Curious Cage", 1981. In 1946, she moved to Victoria, B.C., following friends who had retired there in 1939, and married Nicolas Abkhazi. Together they developed an internationally renowned rhododendron garden.

Aboriginal Rights Coalition

  • Corporate body

The Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC) was established as the result of a year long review by the Canadian churches of their aboriginal justice witness after Project North, ARC's predecessor, ended its twelve years (1975-1987) of service. Aboriginal organisations had requested the direct support of the Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Churches (with other churches joining) as the denominations experienced a growing consciousness about issues of aboriginal rights. The nine founding churches and church bodies accepted ARC's mandate to enable it to commence activities January 1, 1989. This coalition of churches and church bodies works in partnership and alliance with both aboriginal (political) organisations and regional network groups through a programme of education and action. It supports aboriginal peoples in land rights issues and in the economic and political development of aboriginal nations and communities. It acknowledges the historic rights of aboriginal peoples in the Canadian constitution, including the right of self-government and opposes the erosion of their basic social rights and industrial and/or military projects that threaten specific aboriginal communities. It seeks to reconcile aboriginal groups, all levels of the Christian community and Canadian society at large. The organisation consists of a steering committee, the basic decision making body, which meets three times a year, an executive committee which meets almost monthly to work with staff to implement the steering committee's directions and to respond to any emergencies. A national assembly is held every two years and regional assemblies in the intervening years. A national office is located in Ottawa with regional offices, staffed by dedicated volunteers, in various parts of Canada.

Abu-Zahra, Nadia

  • Person

Nadia Abu-Zahra was appointed an anthropologist in the Anthropology/Sociology Department of the University of British Columbia by Director Cyril Belshaw in the late 1960s or early 1970s. She graduated from Oxford with a PhD in social anthropology, and later lived and taught at Oxford.

Academic Council of British Columbia

  • Corporate body
  • 1978-1983

The Academic Council of British Columbia was established in 1978 as a crown corporation under the Colleges and Provincial Institutes Act (SBC 1977, c. 67). The council replaced the former Academic Board for Higher Education, established in 1964 by an amendment to the Universities Act (SBC 1963, c. 52). The function of the Academic Council was to coordinate academic, technical, and career programs in community colleges and in other provincially funded training institutes. As well, the council monitored admission and transfer arrangements between colleges, institutes and universities. The Academic Council was abolished in 1983, at which time many of its duties were assumed by the Academic Technical Programs Branch of the Ministry of Education. In 1989, the new Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training established the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfers to assume the functions of admissions and transfers.

Acadia Camp Householders' Association

  • Corporate body

Organized by the University of British Columbia President N.A.M. MacKenzie and Gordon Shrum in 1945 to provide housing for returning veterans interested in continuing their education, Acadia Camp became the first residential unit on campus. Army huts assembled on the university grounds helped alleviate serious accommodation shortages following World War II. The Acadia Camp Householders' Association was formed shortly after 1945 to address the collective interests of the residents.

Ace of Clubs

  • Corporate body

The Ace of Clubs was a club in Penticton, B.C.

Acorn, Milton

  • Person
  • 1923-1986

Milton Acorn (1923-1986) was a noted Canadian poet. Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, he worked as a carpenter until the late 1950s. He became known as a Marxist poet, being dubbed "The People's Poet", and was identified with the Montreal School of Poets. His published works included "In Love and Anger", "Against a League of Liars", "The Brain's the Target", "Jawbreakers", "I've Tasted My Blood", and "More Poems for People".

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