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Island Studies October Lecture...

Is the “island way of life” lost when the ferry becomes a bridge?
with Janice Pettit

Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.
SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
UPEI Campus

The Island Lecture Series kicks off another season on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, and will feature Ms. Janice Pettit speaking about her master’s research: “Is the ‘Island way of life’ lost when the ferry becomes a bridge?”

Politicians began talking about building a fixed link between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick in the late 1980s, and while this was not the first time the topic was broached, the Premier of the day suggested a plebiscite vote to determine Islanders’ interest. Both those opposed and those in favour of the link rallied their two sides at public meetings prior to the vote to ensure their messages were heard. The “no” side raised a number of issues, but their main concern centred on the perceived loss of the “Island way of life” if a fixed link connected the Island to the mainland. During the 1989 plebiscite, Islanders voted almost 60 per cent in favour of a fixed crossing, and in 1997 the Confederation Bridge opened to the public.

Given all that was said and written regarding concerns about the loss of islandness, it is somewhat surprising that, until now, research had not been conducted to determine if the bridge has, in fact, had this impact. Have Prince Edward Islanders lost their “Island way of life”? This presentation, drawn from the exploratory thesis research of a UPEI Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) graduate, provides some insight into whether Prince Edward Island residents still consider themselves islanders and if their island identity has been affected by the fixed connection to the mainland.

Janice Pettit graduated from the MAIS program in May 2018 and is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Government of Prince Edward Island.

Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The next lecture is scheduled for November 20. Mark your calendars!

For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.



Back by popular demand: 
A night of remembrance
celebrating Georgina Fane Pope’s military career

Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Trinity United Church
Prince Street, Charlottetown
Join us at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown on Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m., for a night of remembrance dedicated to Prince Edward Island’s own Georgina Fane Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine. Due to its popularity, the event is a reprise of the performance in May, which was held in the Atrium of the Daniel J. MacDonald Building in Charlottetown.

Born into privilege, inspired by Florence Nightingale, and firmly of the belief that she was called by God to serve, Pope ascended to the top echelons of Canadian Military Nursing power. Whether nursing in a South African “nor’easter” dust storm, fending off snakes and scorpions during the South African (Boer) Wars, commanding nurses in busy English hospitals, nursing in the First World War battlefields of France, or enduring night after night of air raids and bombings, Georgina Pope’s story is a powerful one.

The story was written by author Katherine Dewar, based on her recently published book entitled Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Nursing Military Heroine (Island Studies Press). The story is told through readings from Pope’s First World War Matron’s Diary, as well as her letters and other writings. 

Bringing Pope’s words to life are Barbara Rhodenizer as Matron Pope, Hank Stinson as Col. Robert Langford, Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Regiment, and Doug Gallant as Georgina’s nephew, Lt. General Maurice Pope. Laurie Brinklow weaves the narrative, interspersed with music from the PEI Regiment Band and The Canada Remembers Chorus. The already poignant story is made even more so with images from Pope’s own South African photo album.

Trinity United is located on Prince Street, between Richmond and Sydney, in Charlottetown. Admission is a free-will donation to the PEI Family Military Resource Centre, and everyone is welcome to attend.  

For more information, please contact Katherine Dewar at




Are you interested in teaching in the Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island? We have an opening for a sessional instructor position starting in early January 2019. The course title is Approaches to the Management of Island Tourism. The detailed job posting is found at the following link: 

Deadline for applications is October 17, 2018.



Recruiting Talent to PEI Survey:
Build a Career. Create a Life.

You may recall that earlier this year the Institute of Island Studies carried out a research project, in partnership with the Government of Prince Edward Island, targeted toward people who have lived or visited PEI but are not currently living on the Island. The purpose of this survey, titled “Recruiting Talent to PEI Survey: Build a Career. Create a Life,” was to gauge people’s interest in moving back to PEI. 

Over the summer, the Province undertook a fairly extensive marketing campaign aimed at attracting Islanders to return to PEI to live; as part of that, they released the report on their website.

Be sure to check it out!


Island States/Island Territories: 
Sharing Stories of Island Life, Governance and Global Engagement 

HOSTED BY: University of Aruba
in association with 
the Aruba Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
and the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability
University of Prince Edward Island

LOCATION: Oranjestad, Aruba
DATES:  March 26-29, 2019

Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2018.
For more information, please see


L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Literature Abroad:
A "bridge" to Canada

June 21-23, 2019
Reitaku University, Kashiwa, Chiba-ken, Japan

Few Canadian authors have managed to capture the devotion of readers worldwide in the way of L.M. Montgomery—and certainly not to the extent that Japanese readers have embraced Anne of Green Gables over the past sixty years. Since the acclaimed release of Hanako Muraoka’s 1952 translation of Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables(1908), the novel has inspired a variety of Anne-related cultural products in Japan, including a 50-episode animated television series in 1979 [Nippon Animation’s 赤毛のアン]; a 3-volume manga series published in 1997 [The Kumon Manga Library’s 赤毛のアン]; a 2014 NHK drama entitled “Hanako and Anne” [花子とアン] and even a “Canadian World” theme park (now defunct) in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido. For many Japanese readers—and undoubtedly for millions of readers around the world—Montgomery’s fiction, poetry, and life writing offered them a literary “bridge” to Canada. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the reasons for Montgomery’s popularity in Japan, as well as in other countries outside of her native Canada, and to consider how Canadian Literature is taught and received abroad.

We welcome scholars, students, and fans interested in these fields and invite you to submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation, on any aspect related to Montgomery and other Canadian writers with a following abroad. Some themes that we hope to accept include:
  • Translation and Adaptation of Canadian Literature
  • Literature and Contents Tourism
  • Representations of Gender, Family, and Community in Montgomery’s Writing
  • Fandom and Anne’s Global Popularity
  • Teaching Canadian Studies and Canadian Literature
Please submit a proposal of 200–250 words and a biographical statement of approximately 70 words by October 31, 2018, to kcollins(@)  (Please delete the brackets when you copy to submit the documents.)

As all papers will be offered in English only, we ask that all proposals be submitted in English as well. Conference organizers will notify applicants as to the success of their proposals by late November 2018. For more information, please contact conference organizer, Dr. Kristie Collins, at: kcollins(@) Website:


PEI Social Forums - Mark Your Calendar!

The Institute for Bioregional Studies is pleased to announce the scheduling of a series of Social Forums to encourage public conversations, share experiences, develop new strategies, and hopefully move forward with more comprehensive responses to the problems we are facing in our communities and bioregion.

The intent of the social forums is to engage a diversity of people from urban and rural communities to discuss critical issues and how we might influence public policy. Anyone who seeks to foster healthy and sustainable communities and is willing to engage in respectful dialogue is welcome to attend.
  • Eco-Villages, Co-Housing, and Farm Conservation Communities on October 17, 2018
  • Import Replacement on October 22, 2018
  • From "Climate Crisis" to "A Prosperous and Sustainable Future" on November 21, 2018
  • Muddling Toward Utopia on December 11, 2018

For times and locations, please contact the Institute of Bioregional Studies at



Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF)

Not able to be in Saskatoon?

If you are not able to join the upcoming conference October 10-12 in Saskatoon, there is still a way to participate! The Rural Policy Learning Commons will be live broadcasting 12 sessions from the conference. The sessions are free to join and are listed below. 
To join any session (or all of them), simply click on the title of the session and register through the online form. Registration is free. A full description of each session can be found in the conference program and the book of abstracts. After the conference, each of these 12 sessions will be posted to the Rural Policy Learning Common's Youtube channel


2018 CRRF Annual General Meeting  

AGM LogoThe 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation will take place on October 11, 2018, at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 4:30 to 5:30 pm CST. Materials for the AGM are posted on the CRRFwebsite.  

If you are not able to be in Saskatoon for the meeting you can still participate! The CRRF AGM will be live webcast from Saskatoon through Zoom. Everyone is welcomed to join the discussion. Save this hyperlink if you wish to join the AGM meeting:

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