UBC Press Picks: Snow Day!

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018

Vancouver is experiencing uncharacteristically high snowfall. What better way to pass the lengthy transit ride than to open up a book that pays tribute to the North? This is a small list of some of the Northern Studies books published by UBC Press, chosen partially because their covers reflect the current conditions in Vancouver. For more titles, please browse our Northern Studies subject page.



Hunting the Northern Character

Tony Penikett

Purich Books

In this deeply personal account of modern developments in the Canadian North, Tony Penikett corrects confused and outdated notions of a region he became fascinated with as a child and for many years called home.


The Iconic North
Cultural Constructions of Aboriginal Life in Postwar Canada

Joan Sangster

The Iconic North explores how the “modern” South crafted cultural images of a “primitive” North that reflected its own preconceived notions and social, political, and economic interests.


Rethinking the Great White North
Race, Nature, and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness in Canada

Edited by Andrew Baldwin, Laura Cameron, and Audrey Kobayashi

Rethinking the Great White North explores the troubling side of the images of whiteness and wilderness that are so central to Canadian national identity.


History, Technology, and the Making of Northern Environments

Edited by Dolly Jorgensen and Severer Sorlin

Northscapes examines concepts of North and the way in which different northern environments are shaped by the intersection of technology and human societies.


No Home in a Homeland
Indigenous Peoples and Homelessness in the Canadian North

Julia Christensen

Through personal accounts and analysis of historical trends, No Home in a Homeland documents the spread of homelessness in the North, what it reveals about colonialism and its legacies, and the limitations of existing policies and programs.

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