Journal Articles

The Spirit of 1763

“The spirit of 1763: The Royal Proclamation in national and global perspective,” Canada Watch (Fall 2013), pp. 27-28.




Reinventing Universities


“Reinventing Universities: Continuing Education and the Challenge of the 21st Century,” Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education 39, no. 1 (2013) pp. 1-12.


The New North in Canadian History and Historiography


“The New North in Canadian History and Historiography,” History Compass, #6 (2008). With William R. Morrison.



The Power to Transform


“The Power to Transform: The Kemano Power Project and the Debate about the Future of Northern British Columbia,” Journal of Northern Studies, No.1-2 (2007).



Northern Review 2007


“Founding the University of Northern British Columbia,” The Northern Review, #27, 4/20 (Fall 2007).



Northern Review 2005


“Reconciliation in Northern British Columbia?  Future Prospects for Aboriginal Newcomer Relations,” The Northern Review, 25/26 (Summer 2005).  With W.R. Morrison.



Learning from Others


“Learning from Others: Comparative History and the Study of Indigenous-Newcomer Relations,” Native Studies Review, 16, no. 1 (2005), 3-14.



“Breathing New Life Into Treaties: History, Politics, the Law, and Aboriginal Grievances in Canada’s Maritime Provinces,” Agricultural History 77, no. 2 (2003).



“Tracking the Snowbirds: Seasonal Migration from Canada to the U.S.A. and Mexico,” The American Review of Canadian Studies (2003) With Robert Healy and W.R. Morrison.



Writing First Nations into Canadian History


“Writing First Nations Into Canadian History: A Review of Recent Scholarly Works,” Canadian Historical Review, 81, 1 (March 2000).



“The Front Line of Canadian Prosperity:  Remote Camps in Canadian History,” Proceedings of the 1st Cold Regions Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 1999.

Facsimile the Canadian North


“Reading the North: CIHM and Human History North of 60, Facsimile,” no. 20 (November 1998).




To Make These Tribes Understand


“To Make These Tribes Understand”: The Trial of Alikomiak and Tatamigana.” Arctic vol. 51, no. 3 (September 1998).  With W.R. Morrison.



“A Drunken Impulse:” Aboriginal Culture Meets Canadian Law in the Canadian North, Western History (Fall 1997).  With W.R. Morrison

“War-Time Boom Town: Fort St. John, British Columbia During World War II,” Journal of the West, vol. 36, no 4 (October 1997).

The Federal Government and Urban Development in Northern Canada after World War II


“The Federal Government and Urban Development in Northern Canada After World War II: Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon Territory,” BC Studies (Winter 1994/1995).  With W.R. Morrison.



Northern Review 1994


“The Rediscovery of the North: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Northern/Remote Regions Studies,” Northern Review, 12/13 (Summer 1994/Winter 1995).



The North’s Divided Dreams: The Colonial Past’s Stubborn Legacy, Compass: A Jesuit Journal (Nov/Dec. 1994), pp. 7-10. With Carin Holroyd.

“The Army of Occupation: Americans in the Canadian Northwest During World War II,” Journal of the West, Vol. 32, no. 4 (October 1993).  With W.R. Morrison

“Forgotten Warriors: War and the Restructuring of Western Canadian Society,” Journal of the West, Vol. 32, no. 4 (October 1993).  With W.R. Morrison



“Soldier-Workers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Northwest Defense Projects, 1942-1946,” Pacific Historical Review, 1993.  With W.R. Morrison.



“The Integration and Reintegration of the Yukon River Basin: Reflections on the History of the Yukon-Alaska Boundary,” Locus: An Historical Journal of Regional Perspectives (1992).  With David McCrady and W.R. Morrison

The American Rampant


“The American Rampant: Reflections on the Impact of the U.S. Armed Forces Overseas During World War II,” Journal of World History, Vol. 2, No. 2, (1991). With W.R. Morrison. 



Manitoba History 1990


“Western Manitoba and the 1885 Rebellion,” Manitoba History (Fall 1990).



“Towards an Indigenous Scholarship: The Case for a Northern-Based Research Capacity in Canada,” The Northern Review, No. 5 (Fall 1990).

The North Treasure Trove


The North: Treasure Trove or Partner in Confederation?: Historian Ken Coates explains what the North is and what it wants, interview by Jeremy Mouat, Aurora (Spring 1990), 19-24.



The Yukon at War, The Beaver (Oct/Nov 1989), 29-34. With W.R. Morrison

Alaska History 1989


“Whitehorse and the Building of the Alaska Highway,” Alaska History, Summer 1989.  With Judith Powell. 



“The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: A Missing Element in the Cultural History of the Canadian Northwest,” Northwest Folklore, vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 1989).

“On the Outside in Their Homeland: Native People and the Evolution of the Yukon Economy,” The Northern Review, No. 1 (Summer 1988).

Best Left as Indians (journal)

“Best Left as Indians: The Federal Government and the Indians of the Yukon Territory, 1894-1950,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1984). Reprinted in Robin Fisher and Ken Coates, eds., Out of the Background: Readings in Native History (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1988).



Interpreting Alaska's History


“Controlling the Periphery: The Territorial Administrations of the Yukon and Alaska, 1867-1959,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly, vol. 78, no. 4 (October 1987).  Reprinted in Steven Haycox and Mary Mangusso, eds., Interpreting Alaska’s History (Seattle, 1996).


“Send Only Those Who Rise a Peg, The Recruitment and Use of Anglican Missionaries in the Yukon, 1858-1931,” Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society (Summer 1986).

Northern Visions (journal)


“Northern Visions: Recent Historical Writing on the Canadian North,” Manitoba History (Autumn 1985).  With W.R. Morrison.



Betwixt and Between


“Betwixt and Between: The Anglican Church and the Children of the Carcross (Chooutla) Residential School, 1922-1954,” BC Studies, No. 64 (Winter 1984-1985).



“The Kennicott Network: Robert Kennicott and the Far Northwest,” Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Proceedings, No. 2 (1984).

“Protecting the Monopoly: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Contemporary Knowledge of the Far Northwest,” Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Proceedings, No. 2 (1984).

Furs along the Yukon


“Furs Along the Yukon: Hudson’s Bay Company–Native Trade in the Yukon River Valley, 1893-1983,” BC Studies, No. 55 (1982).