University of Alberta Press

Solstice Series

Knowledge translation, access, and transfer using case studies and community-based modelsĀ 

Series editors: Mike Evans & Chris Fletcher

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    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. The area was initially an island separated by a flood channel. The Cache was a very different place than the city (Prince George) on its border, but in 1970, it was incorporated, and a period of escalating political turmoil began. Integration was swift and decisive, and acco... [READ MORE]
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    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- in Inuit Qaujimaningit, or IQ. The Hunters' and Trappers' Organization of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk and Cambridge Bay share concerns over the future viability of the polar bear population in the McClintock Channel Polar Bear Management Area and about the future integr... [READ MORE]
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    A collection of words and pictures from Metis elders in northern Alberta who grew up on the land and watched as the first school was built, roads were plowed, and the Tar Sands industry grew from an experimental factory in the woods to one of the world's largest industrial oil projects. Over the years, the Metis elders have told their own histories to their children and grandchildren. Some of these are now presented in this volume, so that their words can sit alongside other ... [READ MORE]
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    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 heritage and the territory which nurtures it. The anthropology underlying the book promotes a Tsimshian sociology as understood by the people in Kitsumkalum. The connection between the culture and the land is the central principle that has sustained the Kitsumkalum people since tim... [READ MORE]
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    Talking Tools: Faces of Aboriginal Oral Tradition in Contemporary Society explores the power of oral tradition in Aboriginal society as a foundational cultural and linguistic tool. Four distinct elements are examined: the story-keepers; the importance of practice; the emergence of new stories; and the challenges of sustainability. Finally, the emergence of new technologies and their relevance to the sustainability of the tradition and art of storytelling are discussed. Solsti... [READ MORE]