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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A Healthy Society

How a Focus on Health can Revive Canadian Democracy

By Ryan Meili; Foreword by Roy Romanow

A doctor’s eye view of the determinants of health and frontline stories of patient experiences.

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Postcolonial Sovereignty?

The Nisga’a Final Agreement

An extensive examination of the significant Nisga’a Final Agreement and the effect on Aboriginal and government relations.

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Beyond Blood

Rethinking Indigenous Identity

Despite what the criteria of the Indian Act states regarding Aboriginal status, Palmater argues that blood should not determine belonging.

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Making a Living

Place, Food, and Economy in an Inuit Community

A social and cultural examination of Indigenous societies as they strive to retain the values rooted in life on the land while adjusting to the realities of life in settlements.

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Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Triumph, Hope, and Action

A multidisciplinary collection analyzing the development of the Declaration, the triumph of its adoption, and the hopes and actions for its implementation.

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The Duty to Consult

New Relationships with Aboriginal Peoples

What does the duty to consult actually mean, and when it is required? The policies and decisions made regarding this duty are concisely outlined, along with important questions that remain.

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Negotiating the Numbered Treaties

An Intellectual and Political History of Alexander Morris

The story of the prairie treaties and Alexander Morris, a man who embraced a larger concept of nationhood and the role of First Nations in the expansion of Canada.

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Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples

Achieving UN Recognition

With a focus on international law, Henderson analyzes what the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples means for Indigenous peoples around the world and for Canada.

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For Future Generations

Reconciling Gitxsan and Canadian Law

Dawn Mills passionately shows how reconciliation can be achieved between Canada’s First Nations and the various levels of government.

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Moving Toward Justice

Legal Traditions and Aboriginal Justice

Foreword by Tony Penikett; Edited by John Whyte

Exploring constitutional and administrative policy changes that underscore the urgent need for Aboriginal justice reform.

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