CASCA Special Events

Opening Ceremony: Creating Harmonious Environments with Architect Douglas Cardinal

Wed 20 Nov, 6:30-7:45 pm, West, Ballroom A

Join us for our Opening Ceremony, Indigenous Welcome, and Keynote Address on ‘Creating Harmonious Environments’ with Douglas Cardinal, renowned Canadian architect of Métis, Blackfoot/Kainai, German, and Algonquin heritage. He will be in conversation with Canadian linguistic anthropologist and former AAA president Monica Heller. Douglas Cardinal’s life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving, harmonious environments. As an architect he designs buildings, as a planner and activist he builds communities, and as a leader and philosopher he builds bridges between diverse cultures all over the world.

All conference participants are welcome. Snacks and a cash bar will be available following the event.

Women’s Network Roundtable: Human Rights, Gender, and Conflicts of Cultural, Legal and Bio-Genetic Categories

Thurs 21 Nov, 2:30-3:50 pm

Off-site: Room 7000, 7th Floor, Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University, 515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

With Dr Ann Travers (Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver); Dr Jill LeClair (Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, UK); Professor Patricia Barkaskas, JD (Indigenous Legal Studies Program and Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, University of British Columbia, Vancouver); Dr Christina Holmes (Health, St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia). Organizer and chair: Pauline McKenzie Aucoin.

This roundtable, open to all, addresses issues and conflicts concerning human rights, gender, intersex and transgender identity, the exercise of biopower through regulatory practice, and public policy as these relate to the ways that classificatory processes create criteria for gendered inclusion and exclusion in international sports competition. Full details here.

Women’s Network 35th Anniversary Reception: Remembering Our Past and Supporting Future Generations of Women in Canadian Anthropology

Thurs 21 Nov, 4:00-6:00 pm

Off-site: Teck Gallery Lounge, Room 1305, Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University, 515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

This annual ticketed social event provides an opportunity for the CASCA Women’s Network to announce the recipient of our annual Graduate Student Paper Prize in Feminist Anthropology and our Lifetime Achievement Award in Feminist Anthropology; and of course, for women in anthropology to socialize!

Tickets for this reception are $35, which includes two drinks and reception food. Tickets can be collected at the CASCA registration desk at the Convention Centre, where tickets will also be available for purchase if not sold out beforehand. Purchase your ticket here.

Weaver-Tremblay Award and Address

Thurs 21 Nov, 6:15-7:30 pm, West, Ballroom A

CASCA’s Weaver-Tremblay Award honours Sally Weaver and Marc-Adélard Tremblay, applied anthropologists who believed that professional associations sometimes need to take public positions on social and political issues, particularly in cases that impact those who have been the traditional subject of anthropological study. This event honours Professor Noel Dyck, who will give an address as recipient of the 2019 Weaver-Tremblay Award. All conference participants are invited to celebrate and hear more about his achievements.

Note that nothing else is officially scheduled in the entire conference during this time slot, so please encourage all colleagues and students to come and hear this year’s recipient of the most prestigious award in Canadian anthropology.

Weaver-Tremblay Award Reception and CASCA Banquet

Thurs 21 Nov, 7:45-11:55 pm

Sai Woo restaurant, 158 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3

Download this PDF file of instructions on how to get there or get directions via this Google maps link.

Please join us at Sai Woo Restaurant for the Weaver Tremblay Reception, open to all conference participants, from 7:45-9:00pm to celebrate the contributions and career of Noel Dyck. Host cocktails and canapes will be served.

The CASCA Banquet (ticketed) will follow at the same venue from 9:00-11:55 pm. Those without tickets wishing to stay on from the Weaver-Tremblay reception will be invited to migrate to the venue’s lounge where a cash bar and limited menu will be available.

Tickets for the banquet are $95 and include two drinks and family-style meal. There is only one ticket price for the 2019 CASCA Banquet. Tickets can be collected at the CASCA registration desk, where tickets will also be available for purchase if not sold out beforehand. Ticket sales are first come, first served – don’t miss out! Purchase your ticket here.

To ensure ample amounts of vegan/vegetarian food choices, please indicate whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore when you purchase your ticket. Please also indicate any other food allergies/sensitivities in the comments box and we will do our best to accommodate. Browse the restaurant’s menu here.

Accessibility info: Washrooms are all single stall unisex. There is one stall on the main floor and others are downstairs. Outside there is a drop curb, and there is one step to get into the restaurant.

Questions? Contact Karli Whitmore at

CASCA General Meeting

Fri 22 Nov, 12:15-1:45 pm, West, Ballroom A

CASCA members attending the conference are warmly invited to participate in our general business meeting. Due to the cost of catering at the Convention Centre, only a limited number of boxed lunches will be provided; please consider bringing your own.

CASCA Department Chairs’ Breakfast

Sat 23 Nov, 7:30-9:00 am, Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Ocean View 1

Department Chairs or their representatives who are registered for the conference are invited to discuss their shared challenges. Breakfast will be provided. To sign up for this event, contact Karli Whitmore at by September 30.

Roseberry-Nash Graduate Student Paper Prize Presentation

Sat 23 Nov, 12:15-1:45 pm, Vancouver CC WEST, Room 117

Dalhousie University PhD student and CASCA member Daniel Salas has won the prestigious Roseberry-Nash Award for best student paper from the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. The winning paper is titled: “Practices of Double Currency: Value and Politics in Rural Cuba”.  The award will be presented at the Association’s business meeting.

Salisbury Award Winner’s Presentation

Sat 23 Nov, 4:15-6:00 pm, West, Room 304 & 305

Evan Koike, Salisbury Award Winner of 2016, will be presenting the research supported by his Award in a paper entitled ‘Creating Family-Friendly Workplaces in Japan: Outreach to Middle Managers by Japanese Nonprofit Organizations Focused on Fathering,’ in a session on Anthropology of Work.