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    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 Inuit healing and western medicine. Yet, there is a common thread that links all of these papers. It is a place. It is the North. The importance of such a perspective is often lost in an academic world that rewards specialization by emphasizing expertise in a narrow field. But... [READ MORE]
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    In 2005, 1.2 million children in Canada were living below the poverty level. This represents a 20 percent increase since 1989, the year that the federal government unanimously passed a resolution to eliminate child poverty by 2000. To understand the state of children's welfare, Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State reviews Canadian social policy reform, and discovers that the welfare of poor children is a casualty of the war on the welfare state launched by opposing po... [READ MORE]
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    As Germany approaches the twenty-first century, it faces a variety of political, economic and social problems that put the recently united country to the test. Experiencing a dual crisis, Germany's challenge is to manage both the transformation to a postindustrial society and the effects of unification. International scholars address the different aspects of the predicaments Germany finds itself in, and reflect concerns and questions that have been raised about the future of ... [READ MORE]
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    The phrase "child labour" carries negative undertones in today's society. However, only a century ago on the Canadian Prairies, youngsters laboured alongside their parents' working the land, cleaning stovepipes, and chopping wood. By shouldering their share of the chores, these children learned the domestic and manual labour skills needed for life on a Prairie family farm. Rollings-Magnusson uses historic research, photographs, and personal anecdotes to describe the... [READ MORE]
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    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 of development on the aboriginal peoples of the Soviet Far East. Papers by: Milton M.R. Freeman; Eleanor E. Wein, Jean H. Sabry, and Frederick T. Evers; David E. Young and Elizabeth Olsen; Jane Ash Poitras; Bryce Larke; Rosemarie Kuptana; Catherine M. Twinn and Dexter B. Dombro; ... [READ MORE]
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    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 Cold Buster Bar.' Papers by: Olive Patricia Dickason; Denis Wall; Lorraine Sinclair; Ernie Lennie; Debbie Caseburg; Kirsti Pedersen; William O. Pruitt, Jr., Ross W. Wein; Larry A. Reynolds; and Lawrence C.H. Wang
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    Contributions deal with perspectives on wildlife management; northern nutrition and lifestyles; tourism and issues of sustainability; artists' perspectives of northern landscapes; facilitating community issues; Canadian Aboriginal perspectives on museums; and Inuit women's issues. Papers by: Milton M.R. Freeman; John C. Godel; Tom D. Hinch; Anne Smith Bagan, Reiner Loewan, Amy Luke Loewan; Tom Gale; Ron Wigglesworth; Brenda Malkinson; and Carla Costuros; Michael Payne; Lynda ... [READ MORE]
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    The importance of continued funding of research within the scholarly community, especially in the humanities and social sciences, has become a major consideration as Canadian universities plan for the future.
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    Cultural and economic benefits of Aboriginal resource management; Effects of contaminants on Aboriginal lifestyles; Aboriginal self-government' Decolonization; Implications of restructuring Aboriginal health and services; and, contemporary perspectives on identity. Papers by: Harold Welch; Susan Cosens; Candace Turcotte and Norm Kenkel; David Punter; Kathi Avery Kinew; Rob Huebert; Derek Muir; Chris Egan; Ann Charter; Paul Chartrand; Phil Fontaine; Pete Hudson; Marian Campbel... [READ MORE]
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    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, Research policy issues. Papers by: Lyle Longclaws; Donna Martin and David Gregory; Betty Tomlinson, Nellie Erikson and Richard Packo; Eleanor Wein; Patricia McCormack; Jeff Reading; Gary Raven and Betson Prince; Ann Charter; Ida Bear, Gary Merasty, Rudy Okemaw, and Mary Richard;... [READ MORE]
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    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 Elias, Christopher Fletcher, and Annalee Yassi; Karen Fox and Sean Ryan; Pam Smith; Jennifer Barker and Norm Kenkel; Fjola Hart-Wasekeesikaw; Joseph Kaufert, Lyle Longclaws, Brenda Elias, John McKenzie, James Ross, John Jeffrey, Adrian Fine, and Peter Singer; Charles Shobe; Will... [READ MORE]
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    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. Dungar; K. Kenneth Hare; Ross W. Wein; Thomas D. Nudds; Harvey A. Feit; Peter Jacobs; Nelson H.H. Graburn; Constance D. Hunt; Tore Gjelsvik; and Stephen Hume;
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    This collection examines the production and recreation of religious ideas and images in different times and locations, achieving a comparative perspective on the transmission of religious influences. The essayists look at contact and conflict between insiders and outsiders, centres and margins, Jews and Christians, Slavs and Greeks, and ancient ritual behaviours and modern television broadcasting, as part of the negotiation of new identity positions, relationships, and accomm... [READ MORE]
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    Peer-reviewed theoretical and empirical papers and extended abstracts represent a diverse scholarship among graduate students on a wide range of themes.
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    "Not Drowning but Waving...gestures both at the difficulties faced by feminists in the humanities in Canada and at the possibilities of hope, of new 'waves' of feminism."
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    Is market-driven research healthy? Responding to the language of "knowledge mobilization" that percolates through Canadian postsecondary education, the literary scholars who contributed these essays address the challenges that an intensified culture of research capitalism brings to the humanities in particular. Stakeholders in Canada's research infrastructure-university students, professors, and administrators; grant policy makers and bureaucrats; and the public who... [READ MORE]
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    Alberta had the tightest controls on spending in Canada during the very period when the Klein government has claimed costs were soaring out of control. Now, public programs in Alberta-including health care-have become the most poorly supported in Canada. (6 weeks on the Financial Post national best-seller list!)
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    Rural communities, often the first indicators of economic downturns, play an important role in planning for development and sustainability. Increasingly, these communities are compelled to reimagine the paths that lead not only to economic success, but also to the cultural, social, environmental, and institutional pillars of sustainability. As the contributors to this volume demonstrate, there are many examples of such innovation and creativity, and many communities that seek... [READ MORE]
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    In an extensive and frank exploration, leaders in women's coaching discuss the values women bring to the coaching profession, their quest for equal access, ways career aspirations and motherhood are juggled, how to negotiate contracts, and encounters with homophobia, harassment, and bullying. They also identify the challenges to progress and highlight the essential changes that need to be made. This volume will be of interest to sports organizations, leaders, and educators; a... [READ MORE]