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Before We Lost the Lake: A Natural and Human History of Sumas Valley Paperback – January 7, 2019

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“In this well researched and clearly written book, Reimer gives the reader a glimpse of little known B.C. history. It is a tale of colonial incursion and violence, appropriation and exploitation, racism and environmental heedlessness. At a time when there is much talk of reconciliation, it is important to have more information about the crimes of colonialism. We cannot fix what we do not see. Reimer has done us all a favour with this well crafted history.” — Tom Sandborn, The Vancouver Sun


“A compelling cautionary tale of White newcomers’ determination to improve on nature at Indigenous Peoples’ expense.” — Jean Barman, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and author of The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia


“A terrific read, a nuanced book of careful scholarship, Before We Lost the Lake is sure to find a place on my reference bookshelf. It’s an essential work of Fraser Valley history. Reimer’s Before We Lost the Lake reminds us of the deep cultural and natural history of Sumas Lake far beyond the story we know so well—the engineering feat that drained it and the agricultural life that has been built over the last century on the former lake-bed. His eloquent and pointed work recalls the many meanings of this place over time through the memories of Sem:ath, Nooksack and Sto:lo elders, the field notes of Royal Engineers, the property records and voices of settlers, and modern sources.” — K. Jane Watt, PhD, British Columbia History magazine

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“A compelling cautionary tale of White newcomers’ determination to improve on nature at Indigenous Peoples’ expense.”

(Jean Barman, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and author of The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia)

“A terrific read, a nuanced book of careful scholarship, Before We Lost the Lake is sure to find a place on my reference bookshelf. It’s an essential work of Fraser Valley history.   Reimer’s Before We Lost the Lake reminds us of the deep cultural and natural history of Sumas Lake far beyond the story we know so well―the engineering feat that drained it and the agricultural life that has been built over the last century on the former lake-bed. His eloquent and pointed work recalls the many meanings of this place over time through the memories of Sem:ath, Nooksack and Sto:lo elders, the field notes of Royal Engineers, the property records and voices of settlers, and modern sources.” (K. Jane Watt, PhD, British Columbia History magazine)

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marian robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and detailed story of the Sumas area.
Reviewed in Canada on March 5, 2019
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Roy Allan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great view of history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic writing of an incredible time in BC's history.
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Earl Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinterpretation of the history of Sumas Lake
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