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Open Access Week 2022

Every October, Open Access Week presents people around the world with the opportunity to advance open sharing of research and education. This year’s theme is Open for Climate Justice. Climate change has an impact on everyone, but with unequal consequences. Knowledge that is open and accessible enables more equitable information sharing, and can empower us to address the power imbalances that inform the impact of climate change and how we respond to it.

To mark Open Access Week 2022, we’re highlighting UWinnipeg-hosted open research that explores climate change and climate justice.

Journal Articles and Reports

Open-access (OA) literature is literature that is freely available online in perpetuity, free of most copyright and licensing restrictions, and published with the consent of the author or copyright-holder. 

Indigenous Governance, Policy, and Justice

Access to Environmental Justice: A Manitoba Toolkit for Improving Public Participation / Heather Fast, et al. (2021)
A Manitoba Law Foundation funded project to increase Manitobans’ awareness of and participation in the decision-making processes that impact the environment.

We Are the Land and the Land is Us’: Connecting Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change in the Canadian Prairies / Laura Cameron (2018)
This thesis aims to document and communicate Indigenous understandings, experiences, and responses to climate change in seven communities across the Prairies.


Environmental Studies

Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative Agreements for Adaptive Transformation/ Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita, et al. (2018)
An analysis of nine water case studies from around the world to help identify potential ‘innovative arrangements’ for addressing existing [climate] dilemmas.

Preparing for and Responding to Disturbance: Examples from the Forest Sector in Sweden and Canada / E. Carina H. Keskitalo, et al. (2011)
This article views disturbances in the forest sectors of Sweden and Canada in order to elucidate the preparedness and existing [policy] responses to multiple potential stresses.

 Duck Populations and the Oil and Gas Industry in the Boreal Plains of Alberta / Susan Witherly (2018)
A study of industry impact on breeding waterfowl populations in Alberta and associated aggregate climate data.



Summer Storms Trigger Soil N₂O Efflux Episodes in Forested Catchments / E.M. Enanga, et al. (2016)
This study investigates the hypothesis that during the forest growth season, topography redistributes water and water-soluble precursors (i.e., dissolved organic carbon and nitrate) to form gaseous [nitrogen] species.

Analysis of Historical Evidence of Climate Change in Western and Northern Canada / A.J.W. Catchpole and T.F. Ball (1981)
An analysis of historical climatic evidence based upon Hudson's Bay Company records.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open textbooks are one of the most popular types of OERs. They are peer reviewed, and written by experts in the subject areas - like standard textbooks - but unlike standard textbooks, they can be continually modified, remixed, and kept up to date. 

Chemistry and the Environment: A Chemistry Perspective for Discussion of Environmental Issues / Devin Latimer (2020)
An open textbook designed to accompany a one-semester course in chemistry-based discussions of important environmental issues such as air pollution, the ozone layer, climate change and water quality.

UWinnipeg-Hosted Journals

The University of Winnipeg Library uses Open Journal Systems (OJS) for hosting current production and providing access to the archives of a number a scholarly journals.

Canadian Journal of Urban Research

 Climate Change and Urban Transformations
A special edition of the UWinnipeg-hosted journal, born out of an interest in cities that play a role in the fight against climate change.


Journal of Mennonite Studies

 Mennonites, Land and the Environment
This edition is made up of sixteen articles that trace the disparate ways Mennonites have related to the land.

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