Place and Replace

Essays on Western Canada

Adele Perry (Editor), Esyllt W. Jones (Editor), Leah Morton (Editor)


Place and Replace is a collection of recent interdisciplinary research into Western Canada that calls attention to the multiple political, social, and cultural labours performed by the concept of “place.” The book continues a long-standing tradition of situating questions of place at the centre of analyses of Western Canada’s cultures, pasts, and politics, while making clear that place is never stable, universal, or static. The essays here confirm the interests and priorities of Western Canadian scholarship that have emerged over the past forty years and remind us of the importance of Indigenous peoples, dispossession, and colonialism; of migration, race and ethnicity; of gender and women’s experiences; of the impact of the natural and built environment; and the impact of politics and the state.


A thoughtful, scholarly cross-examination of regional and national identity.

Midwest Book Review

About the Authors

Adele Perry is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba.

Esyllt W. Jones is a history professor at University of Manitoba and is the author of the award-winning Influenza 1918: Death, Disease and Struggle in Winnipeg.

Leah Morton is completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Manitoba and teaches in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg.

Other contributors: Sarah Carter, Bret Nickels, Royden Loewen, Alison R. Marshall, Lindy Ledohowski, Lisa Chilton, Alison Calder, Emma LaRocque, Elspeth Tulloch, Amanda Nettelbeck, Robert Foster, Sterling Evans, Beverly A. Sandalack, Jared J. Wesley, Pernille Jakobsen, Heather Stanley, Joyce M. Chadya

Table of Contents

Ch 1: Erasing and Replacing: Property and Homestead Rights of First Nations Farmers of Manitoba and the Northwest, 1870s –1910s. Sarah Carter. / Ch 2: Murdoch v. Murdoch: Feminism, Property and the Prairie Farm in the 1970s. Pernille Jakobsen. / Ch 3: Examining the Future of First Nation Agriculture by Exploring the Implications of the Manitoba Indian Agricultural Program. Bret Nickels. / Ch 4: On the Trail of the March West: The North West Mounted Police in Western Canadian Historical Memory. Amanda Nettelbeck and Robert Foster. / Ch 5: Preventing the Loss of Imported Labour: Trains, Migrants, and the Development of the Canadian West. Lisa Chilton. / Ch 6: Railways, Racism and Chineseness on the Prairies. Alison R. Marshall. / Ch 7: Trains, Text, and Time: The Emigration of Canadian Mennonites to Latin America,1922-1948. Royden Loewen. / Ch 8: Home Away from Home?: Diaspora in Canada and the Zimbabwean Funeral. Joyce M. Chadya. / Ch 9: The Importance of Place: Or, Why We’re Not Post-Prairie. Alison Calder. / Ch 10: For the Love of Place – Not Just Any Place – Selected Metis Writings. Emma LaRocque. / Ch 11: Little Ukraine on the Prairie: “Baba” in English-language Ukrainian Canadian Literature. Lindy Ledohowski. / Ch 12: Embodying Family Values: Imaginary Bodies, the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Heterosexuality in Western Canada. Heather Stanley. / Ch 13: Mapping Out the Cultural Presence of Francophones in the West via the Re-visioning of Louis Riel and Gabrielle Roy in NFB Film Adaptations. Elspeth Tulloch. / Ch 14: Badlands and Bones: Towards a Conservation and Social History of Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. Sterling Evans. / Ch 15: Prairie Towns: Process and Form. Beverly A. Sandalack. / Ch 16: Defining Prairie Politics: Campaigns, Codes, and Cultures. Jared J. Wesley.