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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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, 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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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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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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Indigenous Peoples of the World

Their Past, Present and Future

A comprehensive survey of the Indigenous Peoples of the world, including who they are, where they live, and similarities in their history and future challenges.

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The Dynamics of Native Politics

The Alberta Metis Experience

A socio-cultural examination of the political organizations that advocate for Aboriginal rights in government policy and the rationale behind them.

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Justice in Aboriginal Communities

Sentencing Alternatives

Using several Aboriginal communities as case studies, Green analyzes the successes and challenges for alternative sentencing within the Canadian criminal justice system.

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Urban Indian Reserves

Forging New Relationships in Saskatchewan

Foreword by Peter Frood; Edited by Laurie Barron and Joseph Garcea

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.

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Education, Student Rights and the Charter

How the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other human rights legislation apply to education.

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Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage

A Global Challenge

An international appraisal of how current legal regimes worldwide fail to protect Indigenous knowledge and what needs to change

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An Overview of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and Compensation for Their Breach

Mainville provides clear and practical principles for addressing the breach of Aboriginal and treaty rights and determining appropriate compensation.

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Pursuing Academic Freedom

"Free and Fearless"?

A collection of essays that calls into question the discrepancy between theory and reality in academic freedom

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Who are Canada's Aboriginal Peoples?

Recognition, Definition, and Jurisdiction

Foreword by Harry Daniels; Edited by Paul Chartrand

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.

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Reclaiming Aboriginal Justice, Identity, and Community

At the heart of this timely and significant book is an alternative way of thinking about Aboriginal crime and justice.

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