Studies in Canadian Literature (SCL) is a biannual, bilingual journal devoted to the study of Canadian literature in English and French, and published at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. SCL is peer-reviewed, and welcomes submissions on all aspects of Canadian literature.
Our thoughts are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all Indigenous communities across the country. Studies in Canadian Literature stands with all Indigenous peoples in mourning the deaths of the 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and acknowledges the suffering of all victims of the residential schools, those forcibly consigned to these institutions and subsequent generations who still suffer the aftereffects of these crimes as part of Canada’s program of genocide against Indigenous peoples. This is not only a terrible piece of Canadian history, but an ongoing reality of trauma, pain, and injustice that continues to be inflicted on Indigenous people in this country. Justice Murray Sinclair heard accounts of TRC testimonies that described mass gravesites such as the one in Kamloops, yet the Canadian government refused to look into these claims when asked by the TRC to do so. Non-Indigenous Canadians must own this history, and must do so under the leadership of Indigenous people. We at SCL stand with others in calling upon the Government of Canada to fund the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action numbers 71 through 76 regarding missing children and burial information at residential schools across Canada.
#71. We call upon all chief coroners and provincial vital statistics agencies that have not provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada their records on the deaths of Aboriginal children in the care of residential school authorities to make these documents available to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
#72. We call upon the federal government to allocate sufficient resources to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to allow it to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Register established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
#73. We call upon the federal government to work with churches, Aboriginal communities, and former residential school students to establish and maintain an online registry of residential school cemeteries, including, where possible, plot maps showing the location of deceased residential school children.
#74. We call upon the federal government to work with the churches and Aboriginal community leaders to inform the families of children who died at residential schools of the child's burial location, and to respond to families' wishes for appropriate commemoration ceremonies and markers, and reburial in home communities where requested.
#75. We call upon the federal government to work with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, churches, Aboriginal communities, former residential school students, and current landowners to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenance, commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried. This is to include the provision of appropriate memorial ceremonies and commemorative markers to honour the deceased children.
#76. We call upon the parties engaged in the work of documenting, maintaining, commemorating, and protecting residential school cemeteries to adopt strategies in accordance with the following principles: The Aboriginal community most affected shall lead the development of such strategies. Information shall be sought from residential school Survivors and other Knowledge Keepers in the development of such strategies. Aboriginal protocols shall be respected before any potentially invasive technical inspection and investigation of a cemetery site.
Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne (SCL/ÉLC) invites interdisciplinary contributions to this expansive cultural archive of abolitionist and anti-racist art, writing, scholarship, and activism. We welcome reflections on the history of art and activism on Turtle Island/Canada and contributions of new art, creative writing, literary-critical scholarship, manifestoes, and other cultural interventions. We particularly welcome contributions that connect the history of abolitionist and anti-racist activism on Turtle Island/Canada with the activism of the present moment. We are also open to reflections on the issue of special issues themselves as we recognize that Black Lives Matter should not have to be a special issue within the history of Canadian cultural institutions in general and literary critical journals in particular.
Other topics include but are not limited to:
- Anti-Black racism in Canadian arts and cultural organizations
- Anti-Black racism and public health
- The intersections between Black Lives Matter and Indigenous decolonial struggles
- Blackness in (and out of) the Canadian canon
- The pedagogy of Black Canadian literature, from elementary to tertiary levels and beyond
- The intersections of Black Pride and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities with BLM
- The role of publishers and publications, and alternate means of publication
- Disability, ableism, and making space in Black communities
- Monumentalization: How do we remember and account for various histories?
- Acknowledging the elders: ageism and its effects on community
- Multilingualism: How does language affect BLM activism?
- The effects of policing and various social agencies, such as child welfare institutions
English submissions of essays of 6000-8000 words, including Notes and Works Cited, should conform to the MLA Handbook, 8th edition; French submissions to Le guide du rédacteur (Translation Bureau, 1996).
We also welcome poetry, artwork, manifestoes, and other cultural interventions of varying lengths of less than 5000 words.
Please submit all work electronically via Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2021. For further details about submissions, visit the journal’s website at https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/SCL or contact: Camille Isaacs, OCAD University, email@example.com, or Karina Vernon, University of Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winner of this year’s Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature is Kait Pinder (Acadia University) for her essay “Action, Feeling, Form: The Aesthetics of Care in Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie” in 44.1 (2019).