A walk in the Parks

Dal's Dr. Claire Campbell talks national treasures at The Envy of the World? Canada's History Though National Parks.

Dr. Claire Campbell, Dalhousie's chair of Canadian history.
Dr. Claire Campbell, Dalhousie's chair of Canadian history.

As a kid Dr. Claire Campbell spent a lot of time in the back of a camper van, road-tripping across the continent. Her dad was a history teacher and for his family, the beautifully sublime national parks were the perfect teaching tool. And Campbell's park life didn't end there. She went on to be a counsellor at Ontario's first national park, Algonquin Park, where the scars left behind by humans ("like railheads and old camp sites") got the wheels in her head turning. Now the coordinator of Dalhousie's Canadian studies program Campbell is able to continue in the tradition of her father and take a lesson in history from our country's natural playgrounds. As the fourth instalment of Dal's Environment, Sustainability and Society lecture series Campbell will discuss how things have changed environmentally since the late 19th century, reflecting upon 100 years of Parks Canada (which, believe it or not, was the first agency used to manage national parks in the world!) "We hear about national parks as 'national treasures,' and they are, but not just as samples of different ecosystems," says Campbell. "They're historical artifacts of different trends and particular decisions made in certain points in Canada's history."

Thursday Oct 6, Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue, 7pm

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