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.
PaperbackCAD25.00GBP20.99USD25.00Out of print
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. During the years he spent in the Canadian Northwest, Petitot was interested chiefly in the geography of the country and the ethnology of its people. His contributions to geography are exhaustive, and in the field of anthropology, his publications cover the Chiglit Eskim... [READ MORE]
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 manner is threatened by those opposed to the killing of whales. Contributions deal with various aspects of the whale hunt and the economic, social, cultural, historical, nutritional, and spiritual importance and significance of whales and whaling to Greenlandic Inuit. Chap... [READ MORE]
"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]
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 contacts for preventative health, diagnosis, and treatment, illnesses, and reasons for death.
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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 northern vegetation and wildlife, its impacts on northern agricultural and hydro development, and research and policy development. Introduction by Josef Svoboda and Doris Nabert. Papers by Minnie Aodla Freeman; Peter Ernerk; Elaine Wheaton and Virginina Wittrock; Bhawan Singh... [READ MORE]
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. ... [READ MORE]
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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 a... [READ MORE]
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.
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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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 is the story of Jack Grainge, a civil engineer for the federal government, bringing the people of northern Canada the sanitary conveniences we take for granted. Full of anecdotes and colour photographs, this book provides insight into everyday life in the rapidly-changing Nor... [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]
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.
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]
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]
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 programs, are described. Also explores theoretical perspectives on the notion of 'community' and 'sustainability'. Chapters by: Denis Wall; Michael Robinson; Margaret Haughey; Richard D. Hotchkis and Linda Dreidger; Hafiz Wali; Johannes N. S. Mutanyatta; Dennis B. Sharpe; T... [READ MORE]
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 station at Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island exposed them to unusual cold -- 121 days with temperatures below -40o -- as well as isolation. The failure of their radio shortly after their arrival deprived them of contact with the world beyond. Based on lengthy letters written to h... [READ MORE]
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 at the University of Alberta. A must-read for history buffs and University Alumni. "With so many wonderful memories, of people, events and achievements over the years, it's no wonder that the University of Alberta Drama Department holds such a large place in my heart. ... [READ MORE]
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 region. Specific chapters address several themes: historical perspectives and the evolution of wolf-human relationships; the status, biology, and management of wolves; restoration, reintroduction, and control programs; wolf-prey dynamics and implications of conservatio... [READ MORE]
HardbackCAD49.95GBP35.99USD49.95Out of print
Linda Goyette and Carolina Roemmich have tapped Edmonton's collective memoir, through the written record, the spoken stories and the vast silences. All of the people who ever lived at this bend in the North Saskatchewan took part in creating the city we know as Edmonton.
Through traditional Indigenous stories about the earliest travellers along the bend in the river, diaries, archival records and letters of 19th century inhabitants and the recollections of living res... [READ MORE]