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Business & Economics Agribusiness

Defying Palliser

Stories of Resilience from the Driest Region of the Canadian Prairies

by (author) Jim Warren & Harry Diaz

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
Agribusiness, Agriculture & Food, Sustainable Development
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After travelling through the Canadian prairies in the 1850s, British adventurer John Palliser deemed a large portion of the region to be a near desert and unfit for agriculture. That reportedly disadvantaged area became known as Palliser's Triangle.

In Defying Palliser farmers and ranchers from southwest Saskatchewan and southest Alberta--residents in the Palliser Triangle--tell how they have challenged Palliser's prediction. Incorporating the latest research on adaptive capacity and climate change, these stories of self-reliance, inventiveness and community solidarity reveal a remarkably resilient people who have adapted and survived in the driest, most drought-prone climate on the Canadian Prairies.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

 Harry Diaz is professor of Sociology and Social Studies and former director of the Canadian Plains Research Center at the University of Regina.

Jim Warren is a doctoral candidate in the Canadian Plains Studies Program at the University of Regina. The former editor of Beef Business magazine, he has served as executive director of both the Saskatchewan Bison Association and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.