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Al Rashid Mosque

Comprehensive history of first Canadian mosque (1938), celebrating Muslim-Canadian identity and Canada’s homegrown Islamic communities.

Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih

Life-stories of 23 Gwich’in Elders from the Northwest Territories in Canada speak to changing times.

Traditions, Traps and Trends

An edited collection that surveys Indigenous knowledge practices in northern Canada, Greenland, and Scandinavia.

All the Feels / Tous les sens

Essays in French or English use affect as a lens for reading contemporary Canadian literatures.

Annie Muktuk and Other Stories

Fifteen Inuit stories portray the unvarnished realities of northern life via strong and gritty characters.

Appealing Because He Is Appalling

Transnational perspectives on Black men as objects of sexual desire, fear, and loathing.

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading

How Black life is made and unmade by and in literature; arguing for new vocabularies.

Believing is not the same as Being Saved

Lyric poems that tenderly meditate on life and death, joy and sorrow, faith and doubt.

Come My Children

Hekmat Al-Taweel’s narrative sheds light on Muslim–Christian relationships in Gaza and contradicts Western stereotypes.

Government Information in Canada

A critical analysis of Canadian government information publishing—essential reading for librarians, archivists, and researchers.

Among the Chiglit Eskimos, 2nd Edition

In 1862, fourteen days after being ordained priest in the Congregation of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary-Immaculate, Émile Petitot left France for the Athabasca-Mackenzie region of the Canadian North....

Between Two Worlds

Inuit and Indian infants living in the N.W.T. were observed to have a high frequency of morbidity and mortality. Information collected on the socioeconomic and cultural environments of infants, medical...

The Anthropology of Community-Based Whaling in Greenland

Greenland's Inuit have for generations depended upon the hunting and sharing of whales to fulfill their needs. Yet their ability to continue their tradition in an ecologically responsible and sustainable...

Biological Implications of Global Change

The second in a series of workshops examining global change in the Arctic from a variety of perspectives. Topics include traditional knowledge and climate change, the implications of global change for...

Arctic Food Security

"Traditional food production and food economies have changed drastically as a result of social, economic, and political influences. A decrease in subsistence production and consumption of country food...

Breaking the Ice/Briser la Glace

Topics range from fossil remnants on Axel Heiberg Island to collaborative tourism planning in the Yukon; from the influence of sea-ice and ocean circulation on arctic climate, to the differences between...

Catastrophic Advance of the Steele Glacier, Yukon, Canada

Results of a study on the terminus portion of the Steele Glacier between August 20 and August 24, 1966, where it was found that the glacier was moving with an average velocity of 37 feet per 24 hrs.

A Brief History of the Short Life of the Island Cache

The confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers is a complicated place. Located just before the rivers meet is a place called the Island Cache, where a community of settlers took up residence in the1920s....

Climate of Arctic Canada in Maps

A series of colour-coded maps exhibiting numerous facets of the climate of the Canadian Arctic (available data to 1973).

The Changing North

Imagine living through an arctic winter in shelter with no plumbing, not even an outhouse. For two months, the sun does not rise above the horizon, and the temperature locks in below minus fifty. This...

Changing the Culture of Forestry in Canada

Existing institutions and rules of engagement for sustainable forest management (SFM) in Canada are not designed to accommodate the rights or interests of its Aboriginal peoples. In recognition of this,...

Consequences of Economic Change in Circumpolar Regions

Papers of the Symposium on Unexpected Consequences of Economic Change in Circumpolar Regions at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Amsterdam, March 21 to 22, 1975.

Currents of Change

There are many currents moving through the polar regions. Physical currents are changing the landscape. Cultural and linguistic currents are always changing, ebbing, flowing, adapting. PLC 2008 (Currents...

Conservation Hunting

The international conference People, Wildlife, and Hunting: Emerging Conservation Paradigms brought together hunters, outfitters, community representatives, wildlife managers, researchers and conservationists...

Distance Education and Sustainable Community Development

Articles explore distance education, focusing on northern and remote communities in Canada, Botswana, and Nigeria. Programs in post-secondary education, including teacher training, credit and non-credit...

Ecology and Conservation of Wolves in a Changing World

A compilation of highly sought-after research focusing on wolf management and recovery programs in North America. Reviews the status of wolves in Canada, the United States, Greenland, and the Trans-Himalayan...

Does Anyone Read Lake Hazen?

C. Ian Jackson was one of four graduate students who embarked upon Operation Hazen, part of Canada's contribution to the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year. Their work at the weather and research...

Empowering Northern and Native Communities for Social and Economic Control

Describes the literature on critical/emancipatory and interpretive models for community empowerment, emphasizing information published since 1988, including case studies especially relevant to economic...

Environmental and Economic Issues in Fur Trapping

This comprehensive review documents the economic, social, and demographic profiles of the fur trapping industry, and the environmental and economic variables that influence its sustainability. Examines...

Evenki Economy in the Central Siberian Taiga at the Turn of the 20th Century

Evenkis comprise the largest ethnos among the 'numerically small' peoples of Siberia. They are unique in having been the only people that historically inhabited an enormous territory from the Yeniseu...

The Healthy Eating Handbook for Yukon First Nations

Promotes healthy eating habits and information on the benefits of traditional and selected market foods. Topics include past and present food patterns, healthy foods and nutrients, special diet principles...

Gender, Culture, and Northern Fisheries

Fishing often makes an important contribution to food security in northern regions, where agriculture is impossible or marginal at best, as well as providing important occupational and economic diversification...

Human Ecology, Volume I

1991-92 lectures: Themes in this volume are Traditional Native Nutrition and Spirituality; Health, Housing and Social Problems; Inuit bird skin clothing construction, environmental and social impacts...

Health Care Issues in the Canadian North

Professionals consider whether orthodox and alternative health care practices (holistic) should be left as they are, coordinated, or integrated into one system under the health insurance umbrella. Papers...

The Healing Landscapes of Central and Southeastern Siberia

This volume documents healing traditions in Eastern Siberia across landscape types and culture areas.

Human Ecology, Volume II

Contributions include Aboriginal people and the education system; health problems and traditional aboriginal healing practices; environmental legislation in the NWT; and the physiology behind the 'Canadian...

Human Ecology, Volume III

Contributions deal with perspectives on wildlife management; northern nutrition and lifestyles; tourism and issues of sustainability; artists' perspectives of northern landscapes; facilitating community...

An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Fort Enterprise, Northwest Territories 1970-1973

The contemporary community of Kitsumkalum draws on its ancient Tsimshian culture for values, a vibrant culture of traditions and customs. This book emphasizes the connection between the community's...

Inuit, Polar Bears, and Sustainable Use

The aim of this book is to contribute to culturally inclusive, equitable and effective wildlife conservation and management in the northern regions--and by extension, in other regions where indigenous...

Humanizing Security in the Arctic

Climatic conditions, economic development strategies, health and education concerns, social relationships, and shifting political agendas all contribute to a sense of ongoing change in Arctic societies....

Hunting the Largest Animals

Offers a perspective of northern native societies that have depended upon whaling for centuries. Alaskan and Western Canadian Arctic coastal residents have pursued these animals as sources of food and...

Inuit Knowledge of Polar Bears [Inuit Qaujimaningit Nanurnut]

Inuit have been hunting polar bear for centuries and have built up a rich knowledge about their habitat and behaviour-a knowledge expressed in the oral history, Inuktitut vocabulary and cultural traditions-...

The Involvement of Canadian Native Communities in their Health Care Programs

A 'Community Involvement in Health (CIH)' framework is used to identify, assess and interpret the literature. Holistic health plays a major role in several models; traditional healing is the basis for...

Issues in the North: Volume I

Health and healing; Traditional Aboriginal education; Cross-cultural methods of learning and identity; Self-government and the northern cooperatives; Wildlife management and environmental issues; and,...

Issues in the North: Volume II

Cultural and economic benefits of Aboriginal resource management; Effects of contaminants on Aboriginal lifestyles; Aboriginal self-government' Decolonization; Implications of restructuring Aboriginal...

Issues in the North: Volume III

Health and healing; Aboriginal education and curriculum development; Economic, environmental, political, and cultural issues; and, Northern fisheries. Papers by: Gail Marchessault; John O'Neil, Brenda...

Katanga Evenkis in the 20th Century and the Ordering of their Life-World

This work documents the lives of a group of hunters and reindeer herders living at the headwaters of the Lower Tunguska River at the end of the 20th century. Katanga Evenkis are best described by the...

Knowing Places

This volume deals with the Inuit geographic knowledge, and explores the importance of the land in the construction of identity. Inuinnait geographic knowledge is organized around three central concepts:...

Keeveeok Awake!

Contains variations of the Inuit legend of Keeveeok, in text and illustration. Baker Lake artist Victoria Mamnguqsualuk transforms these myths visually in a catalogue of 20 drawings, which 'read' like...

Keeveeok, Réveillez-vous!

Contains variations of the Inuit legend of Keeveeok, in text and illustration. Baker Lake artist Victoria Mamnguqsualuk transforms these myths visually in a catalogue of 20 drawings, which 'read' like...

Kinship and the Drum Dance in a Northern Dene Community

Features important information about Dene community life in the 1960s during the crucial period immediately following the move from bush to town. Deals extensively with the traditional economy, the...

Knowing the North

Embodies the spirit of an international conference on important influences on the North. Provides a comprehensive overview of the reality of the North and prospects for the future. Chapters by: M.J....

The Land of Peter Pond

In the 1970s, an era of actual and threatened energy shortages, Canada and indeed all of North America, were paying increased attention to the fabulous oil sands of northeastern Alberta. Although rich...

Lac La Biche and the Early Fur Traders

Lac La Biche served for many years as a 'gateway community' for fur trade in western Canada. This important role, neglected in historical and archaeological research, is documented in detail here. Rich...

Land Occupancy by the Amerindians of the Canadian Northwest in the 19th Century, as reported by Émile Petitot

Émile Petitot lived and worked in the Athabasca-Mackenzie area from 1862 to 1883. Accompanied by native guides, he made several journeys to the Arctic Ocean and inland, where he closely observed the...

Marine Mammals and Northern Cultures

This book focuses upon the hunting of seals and whales in the North Atlantic region, and how the activities of urban-based environmentalism has prompted responses from diverse northern peoples associated...

Migration in the Circumpolar North

This book provides an introduction to the study of migration in the circumpolar north, a region that includes the northern parts of eight Arctic nations (Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland,...

New Northern Lights

Peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical papers and extended abstracts represent a diverse scholarship among graduate students on a wide range of themes.

mihkwâkamiwi sîpîsis

A collection of words and pictures from Metis elders in northern Alberta.

No Beginning, No End

This volume gives voice to Sami views on Sami culture and colonial experiences. It brings together a series of conversations between a Sami and a non-Sami scholar and selected Sami cultural practitioners...

Northern Communities

Papers assess prospects for greater empowerment of smaller predominantly Aboriginal communities. Examines the need for Northern peoples to have more control over social programs and economic conditions...

Northern Environmental Disturbances

Focuses on issues and practices associated with development-related disturbances in the North. The papers report on long-term experimental work relevant to site reclamation, including surface drainage...

Northern Eden

The IIED's 'Evaluating Eden' Project investigates and evaluates the environmental, social, and economic aspects of community-based wildlife management. Contributions provide some historical background...

Nunavut

This volume is aimed at individuals requiring an understanding of the background concepts and issues relating to Nunavut. It follows the historical development of the concept of Nunavut since 1867 to...

Odyssey Northwest

The poems deal with the explorations of Martin Frobisher, Henry Hudson, and Sir John Franklin.

Northern Lakes and Rivers

This volume is aimed at individuals requiring an understanding of the background concepts and issues relating to Nunavut. It follows the historical development of the concept of Nunavut since 1867 to...

Nunavut Atlas

The Nunavut Atlas resulted from a project that assisted the Inuit in selecting the lands they would retain with the settlement of the Nunavut claim. Each section contains an indexed map of the settlement...

People of the Robin

The contemporary community of Kitsumkalum draws on its ancient Tsimshian culture for values, a vibrant culture of traditions and customs. This book emphasizes the connection between the community's...

On the Edge of the Shield

A series of non-technical papers on Fort Chipewyan and the Unknown Empire. Coverage focuses on the history of the area. The effects of the Peace River Dam are also discussed. Papers by: J.W. Chalmers;...

Proceedings of the Fort Chipewyan and Fort Vermilion Bicentennial Conference

Focuses on the aboriginal beginnings, histories, present conditions, and future prospects of the regions, touching on prehistory and early contact, the fur trade, farming, the evolving role of government,...

Planning Co-Existence

For centuries Canada's Aboriginal peoples have sought to enter into treaties of peace and friendship with colonial settlers based on the principles of sharing and co-existence. However, the latter remains...

Pulp Mills and the Environment

Annotated list of materials related to the development and operation of pulp mills in northern Alberta.

Qikiqtamiut Cookbook Municipality of Sanikiluaq

The purpose of this cookbook is to provide nutritional meals from seasonally-available foods on the Belcher Islands--from marine mammals to fish, waterfowl and bird species, and locally-harvested berries...

Public Attitude to Whales

Reports on a study designed to determine how people in six countries view issues related to the management of whales and whaling. Contains findings of a general nature relating to the issues surveyed,...

Recovering Rights

In 1991, the Inuvialuit community celebrated a successful bowhead whale hunt, the first to occur locally for more than a half century. This book focuses on two aspects of the whale hunt: it describes...

Research and Monitoring in Circumpolar Biosphere Reserves

Covers environmental research and monitoring activities, the embryonic global network of monitoring stations, public participation in biosphere reserve research and management, and the creation of new...

Review of Environmental Assessment Processes

This report presents a review of published EA literature on current trends and process, with a particular emphasis on required scientific data, to increase awareness of EA issues and problems.

The Role of Science in Environmental Impacts Assessment

Presentations and discussions from a workshop focusing on issues pertaining to the use of science in EIA, including past and present problems and recommendations for improvements, in response to changes...

Sacred Lands

Considers key concepts related to sacred spaces and presents diverse viewpoints on ways to understand the importance of land for Aboriginal people intent on preserving their holistic beliefs, values,...

Securing Northern Futures

This conference highlighted information exchange and partnerships in research. Issues addressed: climate warming; contaminants; forestry; fisheries; petroleum and mineral extraction; wilderness allocation...

A Selected and Annotated Bibliography on Sociology of Eskimo Education

Applies a sociological method of organizing materials in education, and suggests some of the gaps in our [then current] knowledge of Eskimo society and education, particularly in its social aspects...

Roundtrip

Stuck in the ice-pack during the winter of 1924-25, the Jean Revillon needed repair and a crew to make it back to its hauling location at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. And so, in 1925, Lionel Angotegoar,...

Settlements of Northern Canada

A listing of settlements of the NWT, Yukon, Labrador, Nouveau Quebec, and the Hudson Bay/James Bay coast, including unofficially named English or Eskimo settlements, trading posts, and mining exploration...

Small-Type Coastal Whaling in Japan

Treats in considerable detail, the entire history of whaling in Japan and the nature of contemporary coastal whale fishery. It provides a useful context for a wide range of topics which include: the...

Sometimes Hunting Can Seem Like Business

This volume provides insight into whether or how sport hunting might play a strategic role in the conservation and management of polar bear in Canada's North, and examines the economic benefits to Inuit...

Symposium on Educational Process and Social Change in a Specialized Environmental Milieu

Examines theoretical and practical aspects of [the then] current educational processes and their impact or relevance to social change in northern and native communities. Papers by: "D.W. Simpson; C.W....

Snow Cover as an Integral Factor of the Environment and its Importance in the Ecology of Mammals and Birds

Discusses the state of snow and weather conditions and their influence on the conditions and existence of animals, and especially of small birds and mammals.

Sustainable Food Security in the Arctic

This volume considers the question of food security (or insecurity) and various mechanisms affecting its sustainability. Issues vary between regions of the circumarctic, but many common themes emerge....

Symposium on Implications of Northern Mineral Resources Management for Human Development

Examines the development of non-renewable resources in the north, and the corollary development of human resources. Also discusses the need to reconcile profitable development with the obligation to...

Symposium on Higher Latitudes of North America

Deals with the economic processes involved in the development of a region which possesses specialized, and to some degree, atypical growth characteristics. Papers by: G. Anders; Arthur E. Hippler; John...

A Thousand Years of Whaling

Whaling for food has been a part of Faroese life for the past thousand years. Late in the 20th century, this community-based activity came under enormous pressure from international animal rights and...

A Time for Burning

Presents the results of research into the burning practices of the Native peoples of northern Alberta, providing a record of use of fire as a tool, as practiced by earlier generations of northern Native...

Traditional Knowledge and Renewable Resource Management in Northern Regions

Considers the sometimes problematic relationship between traditional and scientific wildlife management knowledge and practices: environmental ethics, resource management systems, co-management arrangements...

Three Northern Wartime Projects

Describes three northern projects of WWII and the wartime environment that produced them. It reflects the inter-relatedness of the projects, while placing them within international, national, provincial,...

The Uncovered Past

Northern Alberta has been homeland for Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. Its post-contact history exemplifies themes common in Canadian history: the advent of the fur trade, the arrival of...

Wildlife of the Mackenzie Delta Region

Annotated list of all vertebrate wildlife species that have been reported in the Mackenzie Delta region.

Wolves, Bison and the Dynamics Related to the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park

Chronicles historical events and changes in Wood Buffalo National Park and the Peace-Athabasca Delta.

Wolves — Ecology, Conservation, and Management

A comprehensive annotated bibliography on wolves - their ecology, conservation and management. Includes references contained in Ecology and Conservation of Wolves in a Changing World, supplemented by...

Upgrading Oilsands Bitumen and Heavy Oil

State-of-the-art oilsands processing technologies, from laboratory to full commercial scale.

Idioms of Sámi Health and Healing

Ten experts document the strength of local communities’ using traditional resources for health and prevention.

The Algal Bowl

Eminent water experts examine the global threat of cultural eutrophication (nutrient pollution) and potential solutions.

abecedarium

With linguistic keenness and rapid-fire shifts, Cooley’s abecedarium challenges the way we look at language.

Apartheid in Palestine

Palestinian, Israeli, academic, and activist voices gather to humanize ongoing debates over Israel and Palestine.

Baba's Kitchen Medicines

An incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify.

A Canadian Girl in South Africa

Canadian woman writes of teaching in concentration camps following the South African War in 1902.

Climber's Paradise

Tenacious activism of the Alpine Club of Canada leads to mountain recreation and conservation.

Countering Displacements

Collection of essays forges compelling linkages between cultural experiences of refugees and Indigenous peoples worldwide.

Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park

Nine writers record two centuries worth of human history, tracing the evolution of trading routes into the Rockies’ largest park.

Echoes in the Halls

From the research labs at the University to remote lakes in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Echoes in the Halls tells us the stories about the antics, the hijinks and the adventures of professors...

Edmonton In Our Own Words

Citizens with diverse viewpoints describe important events in Edmonton's development through written records and spoken stories.

Gabriel Dumont in Paris

The troubles of 1885 are a topic of enduring fascination. Gabriel Dumont in Paris is a fictional retelling of the events leading up to the Northwest Rebellion, focussing on the thoughts and actions...

Henry Marshall Tory, A Biography

Henry Marshall Tory was one of Canada's foremost education "founders." E.A. Corbett's biography, originally published in 1954, provides an intelligent assessment of a man who began life intending to...

The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat

In 1926, two British women came from Cornwall to Edmonton and travelled through northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon by rail, sternwheeler, and canoe. For the women, it was a liberating...

The Man in Blue Pyjamas

An indomitable passion for the freedom to write fuels Kurdish refugee Jalal Barzanji’s unforgettable journey.

The Making of a Socialist

This unique political and biographical document records the words of T.C. Douglas, one of Canada's first and foremost Socialist leaders, in a series of transcribed interviews conducted in 1958 with...

Meet Cree: A Guide to the Language

Across various regions of Canada, the Cree language is spoken in several dialects that differ from one another in a few sounds and in occasional words. Most examples in the books are given in both Plains...

The Metis in the Canadian West: Volume I

Marcel Giraud's well-known study pieces together an objective history of the Metis and their role in the development of western Canada.

The Metis in the Canadian West: Volume II

Marcel Giraud's well-known study pieces together an objective history of the Metis and their role in the development of western Canada.

The Myth of the Savage and the Beginnings of French Colonialism in the Americas

A classic study of early contact between European explorers and North American natives. When the two cultures met in the fifteenth century, it meant great upheavals for the Amerindians, but strengthened...

Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties

Benefits of secular and sacral communities working together to help victims of intimate partner violence.

Propaganda and Censorship During Canada's Great War

Canadians entered World War One viewing armed conflict as a majestic affair. What they discovered was that life in the trenches was grim and the slaughter unimaginable. With victory hanging in the balance,...

Prairie Bohemian

Fascinating biography of the enigmatic western Canadian luthier, musician, and guitar virtuoso Frank Gay.

The Sasquatch at Home

Award-winning novelist talks about family, culture, and place with disarming honesty and wry irony.

Trying Again to Stop Time

Dream-like cadences of international landscapes, human desire, and visions of a loving and wounded poet.

Contemporary Vulnerabilities

Contemporary Vulnerabilities explores vulnerable moments in research committed to social change.