Open Access Titles

The University of Alberta Press makes significant titles Open Access rather than letting them go out of print, keeping them available to researchers and the general public. The books listed here are all free to download and share. 

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    Public access to government information forms the foundation of a healthy liberal democracy. Because this information can be precarious, it needs stewardship. Government Information in Canada provides analysis about the state of Canadian government information publishing. Experts from across the country draw on decades of experience to offer a broad, well-founded survey of history, procedures, and emerging issues—particularly the challenges faced by practitioners dur... [READ MORE]

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    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 geography and inhabitants of the area, drawing maps and gathering native place names.

  • Sit back, open this book to any page, and delve into the University of Alberta’s history.You will be fascinated by Dennis Weber’s remade maps, and Ellen Schoeck’s succinct recounting of the history of Alberta’s first university. Aerial photographs from Planning and Infrastructure, the University of Alberta Archives, Creative Services, and private collections round out Dennis Weber’s maps, and many other images tell the story of a major North A... [READ MORE]

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    This volume documents healing traditions in Eastern Siberia in an area extending from Lake Baikal to the Arctic Ocean. The region shows an interesting unity in healing traditions across a wide range of landscape types and culture areas: from the taiga-steppe borderlands influenced by Tibetan and Russian practices in the south, to the north where regional shamanic traditions prevail. There are broad similarities in using unrefined natural materials for healing, as well as i... [READ MORE]

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    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. This volume presents twenty-two chapters that address various forms and issues of (in)security in the Arctic. The work shows that the outcomes of resource scarcity or abundance are equally important to consider, that disparities in income as much as opportunities deserve ou... [READ MORE]

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    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 of Change: the Future of Polar Information) and the 2008 University of the Arctic Council Meeting (Currents of Change: Advancing Polar Information and Knowledge Transfer) ran simultaneously. For this meeting, the currents of the Colloquy and the UArctic meeting flowed toge... [READ MORE]

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    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 to the Pacific shore in longitude and from the forest-tundra line to the southern borders of the taiga in latitude. This volume describes the economic principles that characterize the dynamics and main forms of interaction between Evenki hunting groups and the environment, and... [READ MORE]

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    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, Greenland and the US). The Norths in each of these eight countries share certain demographic and environmental characteristics as well as an economic base dependent on natural resource production. In much of the north, indigenous populations continue to practice place-spec... [READ MORE]

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    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 an elusive goal as the land use rights and interests of Canada's Aboriginal peoples have yet to be reconciled with those of other Canadians. To date, the solutions have been inequitable, forcing Aboriginal peoples to either accept the policies and institutions imposed upo... [READ MORE]

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    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, there has emerged a community of Aboriginal partners and academic researchers committed to changing forestry practices, institutions, and policies. They have collectively undertaken research to address the needs, rights, and interests of forest-dependent Aboriginal communit... [READ MORE]

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    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 in small and often remote communities. This book provides the reader with a current accounting of the generally under-recognized role of women in a variety of northern subsistence and industrial fisheries, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, rural and urban-based in ... [READ MORE]

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    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 systems of co-existing with wildlife also struggle to work with positivistic science-based assessments of conservation needs. Given the diverse worldviews, perspectives, and agendas of all those seeking to influence conservation of the iconic polar bear, it is impossible in a... [READ MORE]

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    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, Athanasie Angutitaq, Louis Tapatai, and Savikataaq from the central Canadian Arctic manned the ship from Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), in contemporary Nunavut, to southern Canada. Having brought the ship to safe harbour, they spent the winter in the South and returned home the next ... [READ MORE]

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    "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 and concomitant increase in imported and prepared food has brought increased health risks. But neither are country foods without risk, with impacts of contamination, climate, and cultural change. Contributions from a 5-year multi-disciplinary study examine the impacts of... [READ MORE]

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    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 and their communities, both in terms of its monetary and sociocultural importance by examining Inuit participation in the polar bear sporthunt in the communities of Taloyoak, Resolute Bay, and Clyde River. At first glance, sport hunting may appear to have little to offer by... [READ MORE]

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    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 flexible and creative way they use the land around them, and continue to exercise a strong presence on their lands, despite severe pressure by Soviet-era policies and even more devastating dislocations by industrial development and privatisation. According to Sirina, Katanga E... [READ MORE]

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    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: relativity, connectivity, and subjectivity, that also organize the social structure, and the Inuinnaqtun language. It is a knowledge in action, and involves a mix of practical skills such as orientation and meteorology, and of oral tradition: stories and place names told an... [READ MORE]

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    The international conference People, Wildlife, and Hunting: Emerging Conservation Paradigms brought together hunters, outfitters, community representatives, wildlife managers, researchers and conservationists from across Canada and overseas to explore the relationship linking trophy hunting, wildlife conservation, large-mammal management, community economies, and community sustainability in rural areas. This report focuses more particularly (but not exclusively) upon commu... [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 int... [READ MORE]

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    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 with self-determination, human rights, and sustainable development. However, the relevance of an expanding environmentalism implicitly challenges the interests and very survival of local peoples and their distinctive cultures. An historical analysis of these hunting societ... [READ MORE]