Book details

Publication date: September 2016
Features: 16 B&W photographs, bibliography, notes, index
Keywords: Social Economy / The North / Indigenous Studies
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services, Business & Economics, Area Studies, Northern & Polar Studies, Social Economy / The North / Indigenous Studies, Social Policy, Political Science, Indigenous Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, Central / national / federal government policies, Society & culture: general, Social Economy / The North / Indigenous Studies, Arctic
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Frances Abele is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and Academic Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. Chris Southcott is Professor of Sociology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

"...the book’s chapters are accessibly written and attentive to the nuances of real communities... Together, they hold real value for those who work inside the social economy, those who care about the resilience of communities, and those who make policy.... This book, in short, is a valuable intervention – one that invites North-to-North learning. It also raises a further set of practical and policy questions.... [A] book that deserves a wide reading." [Full post at]

Roger Epp, Northern Public Affairs

"Examining a continuum of northern organizations from a social purpose business to an entirely volunteer organization, this collection makes an important contribution to our understanding of the nature and scope of the social economy within Canada’s North. In doing so, it identifies a range of activities and diversity of approaches used by northern organizations.... The contribution of this collection is strengthened by the diversity of its 15 case studies.... [T]he power of the collection derives from the reader being able to draw conclusions that extend across organizational type, community type, region, and primary focus. Abele and Southcott’s concluding chapter draws out many of these linkages."

Laura Way, Arctic

"The book contains 15 case studies, each devoted to a particular social economy organization. The cases are drawn from organizations based in Canada's northern territories, as well as Arctic Quebec and Labrador. Each chapter includes a history of the organization, an overview of its programming, and an examination of its contributions to northern society. Most include some discussion of the challenges these organizations have faced through changing political, economic, and social climates.... This book will prove valuable to a variety of audiences, both within and outside of academia."

Warren Bernauer, The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 37 No. 1


Frances Abele and Chris Southcott
1 | Them Days // Matthew Beaudoin
2 | Labrador Friendship Centre // Matthew Beaudoin
3 | Torngat Fish Producers Co-operative
A Social Fishery Venturing off the Coast of Northern Labrador // Jean-Sébastien Boutet
4 | Nunavik Creations // Cédric Drouin and Frédéric Moisan
5 | Unaaq Men’s Association of Inukjuak // Lucille Villaseñor-Caron
6 | The Naujat Co-operative
History and Impact upon the Community of Repulse Bay, Nunavut // Jennifer Alsop
7 | Ilisaqsivik Society of Clyde River, Nunavut // Noor Johnson
8 | Keeping the Future in Focus
A Case Study of Illiniariuqsarvik Igloolik Head Start // Sheena Kennedy Dalseg
9 | Folk on the Rocks
The Beat That Sustains // Julia Christensen
10 | Alternatives North
A History // Jerald Sabin
11 | From Hockey Sticks to Carrot Sticks at the Top of the World
The Inuvik Community Greenhouse Project // Julia Christensen
12 | The YWCA of Yellowknife
A Turning Point for the Northern Social Economy // Moses Hernandez and Rajiv Rawat
13 | Yukon Artists @ Work Co-operative // Kiri Staples
14 | Raven Recycling // Valoree Walker, Joseph Moise and Kiri Staples
15 | Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
The Case for Volunteer Centres // Kiri Staples and Valoree Walker
16 | Conclusion // Frances Abele and Chris Southcott

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