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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How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded Edition
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forging New Relationships in Saskatchewan
A much needed discussion on creating collaborative local treaty land arrangements, where First Nations and municipal governments are shaping the future of their respective communities as well as providing a model for other communities.
Mainville provides clear and practical principles for addressing the breach of Aboriginal and treaty rights and determining appropriate compensation.
Recognition, Definition, and Jurisdiction
Timely, innovative, and progressive, this collection provides an essential frame of reference to measure the development of Aboriginal legal policy respecting recognition, definition and jurisdiction in Canada.
At the heart of this timely and significant book is an alternative way of thinking about Aboriginal crime and justice.
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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