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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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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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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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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Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada, Third Edition

Current Trends and Issues

Foreword by John Hylton; Edited by Yale Belanger

An interdisciplinary guide for learning about government policy and the aspirations of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.

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Cree Narrative Memory

From Treaties to Contemporary Times

Drawing upon the narrative memory of his family from the James Smith and Sandy Lake reserves in Saskatchewan, Neal McLeod gives a narrative history of the determination and adaptability of Plains Cree.

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The Cypress Hills

An Island by Itself

Building on the success of their earlier work, The Cypress Hills: The Land and its People, Hildebrandt and Hubner revisit the hills and bring new and updated material to this book.

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Two Families

Treaties and Government

Through an examination of treaty rights, Johnson makes a passionate plea for equality and harmony between First Nations, governments, and society in general.

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Gambling with the Future

The Evolution of Aboriginal Gaming in Canada

Slots, cards, and casinos: what does gambling mean to First Nations communities in Canada?

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Justice for Young Offenders

Their Needs, Our Responses

This ground-breaking analysis of complex issues of youth justice challenges the assumptions behind Canada’s approach to youth justice and mental health disorders.

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Treaty Promises, Indian Reality

Life on a Reserve

In a respectful and personal account of his life and the Cowessess people, Harold LeRat, shares the history and many successes of Indian peoples, despite the numerous challenges they faced.

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A Breach of Duty

Fiduciary Obligations and Aboriginal Peoples

The government, Guerin, and the golf course: the inside story of the Musqueam people’s 26-year struggle to right the injustice done to them by the federal government in leasing their land as a golf course.

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Advancing Aboriginal Claims


Edited by Kerry Wilkins

Policy, philosophy, strategy, and legal arguments are combined to build innovative strategies to advance Aboriginal claims.

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Tough on Kids

Rethinking Approaches to Youth Justice

In this compelling, thought-provoking and sometimes heartbreaking book, the authors use the stories of their young clients to illustrate the very real costs of the current system, analyzing theories behind youth justice, and how these are reflected in Canadian legislation both past and present.

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