The McGowan March
This event marked the 150th anniversary of McGowan’s War, a little-known conflict in B.C. history that threatened hand the newly-minted Crown Colony of British Columbia over to American annexationists. Recreated by the RE Living History Group Jan. 18, 2009 – 150 years to the day that it took place, with the help of community partners. The communications strategy devised by Hauka Creative Communications gained local, regional and nation coverage, with articles in the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Province newspaper, Kamloops Daily News, and the Hope Standard.
Proff vs. Toff debate
The Great Bulwer Lytton Debate – better known as the Toff vs. the Proff event – pitted Henry Lytton Cobbold, the descendant of Lord Edward Bulwer Lytton, against Professor Scott Rice of the University of San Jose. Communications for this event generated international media coverage and a whole lot of fun.
This Day in B.C. History
A semi-regular spot on CKNW’s Christy Clark Show, “This Day in B.C. History” featured speakers like Dr. Dan Marshall of the University of Victoria, Chris O’Connor and Chief Byron Spinks of Lytton and Don Hauka discussing key moments in B.C. history 150 years to the day that they took place. The five-10 minutes spots reached an average audience of 433,500 listeners week.
Canada Day in the Canyon
So, Don gets this crazy idea – let’s celebrate Canada Day 2007 by getting the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, to stand on a stump in Yale in period costume and give the same “stump speech” delivered by Gov. James Douglas to a crowd of over 10,000 people in 1858. Instead of being kicked out of Government House, he got an enthusiastic “yes,” and over 350 people watched Her Honour crown a day that included performers like the Siska Dancers and Hayley Sales and the participation of sponsors like CP, Telus and the B.C. Transmission Corporation.