The History of a Mixed Economy
Wednesday December 12th, 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm
Old Church - Smithers, BC
This talk will use the concept of the mixed economy to explore the history of Witsuwit'en relationships to natural resource industries. Witsuwit'en and other Indigenous peoples participated in a mixed economy, combining wage labour in early natural resource industries with the maintenance of territorial connections and kinship obligations. This mix continues today. However, the mixed economy was eroded by the modernization of natural resource industries in the 1960s, when the forest industry concentrated into large sawmills. This increased dependence on welfare. This emphasizes the need to evaluate natural resource developments in terms of their impacts on the mixed economy.
Tyler is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University. He has published over two dozen journal articles and book chapters. Born and raised in Smithers, BC, he made that town the subject of his first book, Shared Histories: Witsuwit’en-Settler Relations in Smithers, British Columbia, 1913-1973. Through his on-going work, he continues to examine how Indigenous-settler relations configure the politics of land, labour, and community in Canada.
$2 (non-members), Free (members)
Please note: Tyler will be presenting remotely from Florida
The Robotics Club will be on location selling snacks and refreshments. All proceeds go towards their fundraising efforts.