History of Oxfam in Canada

The General Project, 2010 – Ongoing 

Why and how has humanitarian aid become so popular, widespread and important over the last 75 years?  How and to what extent has it influenced external relations and domestic politics of nations in the North and South?  How have citizens of an ostensibly more democratic North, and those of the newly independent countries of the South, related to modern charitable endeavours and contributed to their construction?  How can this story help us understand the perception that public life and media have become globalized in recent years?   Read more 

See the timeline of the history of Oxfam Canada we helped to build for the NGO’s website

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Oxfam and CIDA

“Oxfam et CIDA: aide humanitaire et formation de l’état canadien 1965-2015”, Ottawa, Affaires Globales Canada, 12-13  Décembre 2016


Archiving the Papers and Slides of Meyer Brownstone, Past Director of Oxfam – 2013-ongoing

The papers of M. Brownstone are now at Archives and Research Collection, at Carleton University, since the summer of 2014.  With the help of an I-CUREUS project, honour student Nathan Ince catalogues and digitized the collection.

You can see the Finding Aid of his papers.

And each one of 805 of his slides slides together with a small description.

There are still slides to enter.

For a description of the collection an of Meyer’s contribution, read my blog of the Spring of 2014:

The papers of Oxfam Canada’s longtime Chair, Meyer Brownstone, are now available.



Oxfam Canada and First Nations

See the article I published with the assistance of honours’ research assistant Julia Sterparn

Oxfam Aid to Canada’s First Nations, 1962–1975: Eating Lynx, Starving for Jobs, and Flying a Talking Bird,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol. 22, no. 2, 2012, pp. 298-343.


Oxfam St John’s

Over the last two years, I have collaborated with employees and volunteers of Oxfam St John’s to record and start writing their history.

See the virtual archives we assembled.

The blog I wrote on the occasion of their 50th anniversary and the retirement of their main worker, Bill Hynd.

In 2013, I  presented the results of my field trip in St. John’s NFLD on  October 16 for the “Philanthrothink” series at Carleton. You can watch the “Local and Global Humanitarianism: History of Oxfam in Newfoundland, 1965-2013” podcast here.

Previous Projects

In 2012-13, I gave a series of lunch talk at the headquarters of Oxfam.

“Oxfam and First Nations, 1960-1975,” 1 October 2012. With Julia Sterparn.

“A Radiography of Canada’s Humanitarian Public in 1962-1963: Oxford’s Lynn Ten-Kate Travels through Canada for Oxfam,” 7 November 2012.

“The Henry Fletcher Years, 1966 – 1971: Varieties of British Traditions and the Nature of the Tensions Leading to the Independence of Oxfam Canada,” 12 December 2012.

“ Oxfam Canada’s Independences: Histories on the Autonomy from Oxford and on the Creation of Oxfam Quebec (1962-1980) through Documents,” 13 March 2013.

“ Oxfam Canada and the Salvadoran Refugees of Honduras, 1980-1989,” 17 April 2013, with Erika Muñoz.