Reflections of Canada

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Author's panel from Reflections of Canada book launch.
Author's panel at the June 23rd launch of "Reflections of Canada." Left to right: Dawn Morrison, Diane Srivastava, Anthony Shelton and Max Cameron.
Book cover photo: 'Smoke and Mirrors' by Nicholas Taffs.

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation the Peter Wall Institute published Reflections of Canada: Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150+ Years. This collection of essays brings together Canada’s leading writers, researchers, and public intellectuals to offer informed and pointed commentary on what Canada is and what it must become.

Order on Indigo and Amazon. Available at the UBC Bookstore and select bookstores across Canada. UBC faculty and staff will receive a 20% discount at the UBC Bookstore if they show a UBCcard upon purchase.

Accessible, literate, and compelling, the 41 essays cast light on a range of key issues: Reconciliation; democracy, arts and cultures, poverty, climate change and resource use, immigration, the technological revolution, multiculturalism. Reflections of Canada reaffirms the space for respectful, lively public discussion about how to effect positive change for future decades.

Accompanying the essays are several beautiful photographs that were submitted to our Re-Imaging Canada Photo Contest. The pictures were taken by photographers across Canada from Haida Gwaii to Yellowknife to Bloor Street in Toronto. You can see the pictures in our photo gallery.

Reviews and Interviews

Philippe Tortell, editor "Reflections of Canada: Illuminating Our Opportunities and Challenges at 150 Years" talks about the book  | CFAX 1070

Reflections of Canada – now that the party’s over | Common Ground

Reflections of Canada with Margot Young and Maxwell Cameron | The Roy Green Show

New book suggests Canada is at political crossroads on 150th anniversary of Confederation | The Georgia Straight

‘Reflections of Canada’ Offers New Take on 150th Celebrations | The Tyee

Philip Stamp on the Avro Arrow | Cross Country Checkup - CBC

Philippe Tortell on Reflections of Canada | Roundhouse Radio 98.3

Reflections of Canada offers unflinching look at the nation on its 150th anniversary | The Georgia Straight