Northern Public Affairs


Reading any interesting books these days? If the answer is yes, then the IPAC NWT Regional Group wants you! The NWT Regional Group has established a Northern Public Policy Book Review Forum and is looking for prospective authors to complete book reviews on any works (books, theses or dissertations) with implications for Public Servants, Public Service and Public Policy in the NWT in particular.

Here are some books immediately available for review (ask Nick or Christian for a copy):

  • Charlie Angus’ Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada’s Lost Promise and One Girl’s Dream, 2015.
  • Ken Coates & Bill Morrison’s (edited) On the Frontier: Letters from the Canadian West in the 1880s, 2015.
  • Ken Coates’ #IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada, 2015.
  • Michel Hogue’s Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People, 2015.
  • James Daschuk’s Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, 2013.
  • Thomas O. Hueglin & Alan Fenna’s (edited) Comparative Federalism: A Systemic Inquiry, 2015.
  • Ian Leslie’s Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It, 2014.
  • David Axelrod’s Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, 2015.
  • Bob Rae’s What’s Happened to Politics? 2015.
  • David Suzuki’s Letters to My Grandchildren, 2015.
  • Anthony B. Atkinson’s Inequality: What Can Be Done? 2015.
  • Linda Cardinal and Selma K. Sonntag’s (edited) State Traditions and Language Regimes, 2015.

Here is a book that may be interesting to review (if you commit to reviewing it, Nick or Christian can order it for you, please contact them):

  • Sherene Razack’s Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody, 2015.

Our goal is to publish 12 book reviews per year and disseminate them via the IPAC NWT Regional group email distribution list. This will be accomplished through a combination of commissioned reviews and welcomed proposals. Prospective authors are invited to submit 900 word reviews, accompanied by a brief biographical note. Reviews should cover the following: a brief synopsis of the book reviewed, a critical review of its value, its implications for Public Servants, Public Service and Public Policy in the NWT in particular, and be written in clear and non-technical language wherever possible. Authors are encouraged to use the Oxford Canadian Dictionary as the preferred reference.

All book reviews are subject to editorial review, with changes approved by the author. Reviews must be non-partisan and aligned with the mandate of the IPAC NWT Regional group. Moreover, accepted reviews will feature a disclaimer indicating that the views and opinions expressed in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of IPAC. Accepted reviews may be republished in IPAC’s Public Sector Management magazine or the Northern Public Affairs magazine; in either case, copyright will remain with the author. Please direct proposals and queries to Nick Leeson at or 867-920-8691, or, Christian Bertelsen at or 867-669-2598.

Please share with anyone who may be interested.

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