Our Place

Changing the Nature of Alberta

By (author): Kevin Van Tighem
ISBN 9781771602037
Softcover | Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
376 Pages
$25.00 CAD

About the Book

A collection of essays and articles that reflect upon the ecology, conservation history, missed opportunities and emerging possibilities of a place that could have been about so much more than oil.

Naturalist, hunter, conservation activist and recovering bureaucrat Kevin Van Tighem explores the landscapes and wildlife of one of Canada’s most diverse and beautiful provinces and the ways in which Albertans have often failed – and sometimes succeeded – at the challenge of sustaining their home place.

Previously published writings are mixed with current reflections on the streams, forests, grasslands and mountains of a Canadian province whose ambivalence about the nature of place, the responsibilities of citizens and the temptations of resource-based prosperity continues to mar the landscape and raise questions about the future. Challenging, eye-opening, instructive and soul-searching, this collection nonetheless delivers an overriding message of hope and possibilities. Alberta is our place now; we can still sustain the best of it, and bring out the best in ourselves, if we choose to know it well and care for it better.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Van Tighem, a former superintendent at Banff National Park, has written more than 200 articles, stories and essays on conservation and wildlife which have garnered him many awards, including Western Magazine Awards, Outdoor Writers of Canada book and magazine awards and the Journey Award for Fiction. He is the author of Bears Without Fear (RMB 2013), The Homeward Wolf (RMB 2013) and Heart Waters: Sources of the Bow River (RMB 2015) and Our Place: Changing the Nature of Alberta (RMB 2017). He lives with his wife, Gail, in Canmore, Alberta.

Reviews

“Our Place is a call to action and awareness, a celebration of Alberta’s positive (and oft-forgotten) history of land conservation, and an admonition against complacency in a boom-and-bust economy.”
– Alberta Views

“Kevin Van Tighem…writes of the Alberta that was, of the changes that are potentially destroying it, and of the Alberta he hopes to preserve and safeguard.”
– Canadian Literature