Purich Books

Purich Publishing was founded by Don Purich and Karen Bolstad in 1992. Together, they built an influential and enduring list of books in Indigenous studies and law, and about Western Canadian issues. On December 1, 2015, Purich Publishing’s list was acquired by UBC Press, whose existing strengths in the fields of Indigenous studies and law made it an ideal home for Purich.

UBC Press will continue to build on this significant legacy under a new imprint, Purich Books. We are moving forward with a clear purpose: to publish impassioned and experienced voices that will ignite understanding and champion change. Informed by substantive knowledge and written with the vigor of direct engagement, these are the books, the authors, and the ideas that readers will come to know as essential.


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Caring for the Low German Mennonites

How Religious Beliefs and Practices Influence Health Care

A meticulous account and vivid illustration of the influence of religious beliefs on health practices, this book is essential reading for health care practitioners and students working with religiously diverse populations in Canada.

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By Law or In Justice

The Indian Specific Claims Commission and the Struggle for Indigenous Justice

This insider’s account of the work of the Indian Specific Claims Commission takes an unflinching look at the development and implementation of Indigenous claims policy from 1991 to 2009.

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Aboriginal Peoples and the Law

A Critical Introduction

This introduction to contemporary Aboriginal law lays the groundwork for any assessment of Canada’s claim to be a just society for Indigenous peoples.

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Practising Community-Based Participatory Research

Stories of Engagement, Empowerment, and Mobilization

Researchers engaged in community-based participatory research share stories about their work with marginalized communities, offering insights and imparting valuable lessons that will inspire others doing research with an eye to social justice.

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A Healthy Society

How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded Edition

By Ryan Meili; Foreword by André Picard

A Healthy Society draws on one doctor’s experience in family practice, community building, and politics to envision a new approach to politics – and a healthier world.

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Hunting the Northern Character

This deeply personal account of recent developments in the Canadian North tells the story of a region that leaders in Oslo, Ottawa, Moscow, and Washington often refuse to see and that only insiders fully know.

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Upstream Medicine

Doctors for a Healthy Society

Upstream Medicine features interviews with physicians who are identifying and addressing the upstream conditions that lead to good health and long lives, thus avoiding more complex, painful, and expensive downstream medical problems later on. By transforming how we imagine the practice of medicine, this book will help us build a healthier society.

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More Indian Ernie

Insights from the Streets

Retired Police Sergeant Ernie Louttit heads back to the streets in his second book, giving readers a rare glimpse of the realities a street cop faces dealing with prostitutes, street gangs, drunk drivers, and other offenders.

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The Honour and Dishonour of the Crown

Making Sense of Aboriginal Law in Canada

Unique within Canadian legal writing, this book unpacks the complex conceptual differences between the fiduciary duty of the Crown and the honour of the Crown.

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Nationhood Interrupted

Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems

Co-founder of the international movement Idle No More, Sylvia McAdam shares nêhiyaw (Cree) laws so that future generations may understand and live by them, revitalizing Indigenous nationhood.

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Moving Aboriginal Health Forward

Discarding Canada’s Legal Barriers

This comprehensive analysis of Aboriginal health statistics, historical practices, and legal principles in Canadian law provides a practical framework for the reconciliation of Aboriginal health and healing practices within Canadian society.

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Revisiting the Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples

The duty to consult has a fundamental importance for all Canadians, yet misunderstandings of the doctrine remain widespread; this book addresses those misconceptions.

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Indian Ernie

Perspectives on Policing and Leadership by Ernie Louttit

Retired police sergeant Ernie Louttit shares stories from the streets of Saskatoon, struggling to bring justice to communities where the lines between criminal and victim often blurred.

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Decolonizing Education

Nourishing the Learning Spirit

An impassioned argument for Aboriginal education and critical engagement with Indigenous knowledges and traditions.

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Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty

An Anishnabe Understanding of Treaty One

By Aimée Craft; Foreword by John Burrows

A comprehensive evaluation of how negotiations for Treaty One were shaped by Aboriginal Anishinabe laws

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Aboriginal Law, Fourth Edition

Commentary and Analysis

Now in its 4th edition, this definitive text discusses and clarifies Canadian laws impacting Aboriginal peoples.

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