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The resources listed below are a few that I’ve found helpful in the process of coming to grips with the intellectual, technical and practical issues raised by this project.

Research + Journalism

Investigative journalist Mike De Sousa’s collection of government records collected under Freedom of Information Act requests.

Pembina Institute. Research and analysis on Canadian energy policies and practices. 

Kevin P. Timoney, The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem, University of Alberta Press (2013).

Sarah Quick, “The Social Poetics of the Red River Jig in Alberta and Beyond: Meaningful Heritage and Emerging Performance”, Ethnologies 30(1), 2008, 77-101.

Imre Szeman, Ruth Beer, Warren Cariou, Mark Simpson, Sheena Wilson, “On the Energy Humanities: Contributions from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts to Understanding Energy Transition and Energy Impasse”, SSHRC Imagining Canada’s Future initiative Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Energy and Natural Resources (2016).

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States” (ReVisioning American History, Beacon Press, 2015).

Clyde Woods, “Katrina’s World: Blues, Bourbon, and the Return to the Source”, American Quarterly 61(3), September 2009. 

Richard A. Frank et. al., "Profiling Oil Sands Mixtures from Industrial Developments and Natural Groundwaters for Source IdentificationEnvironmental Science and Technology., 2014, 48 (5), pp 2660–2670

Environmental Defense Canada's report: Alberta’s Tailings Ponds. One Trillion Litres of Toxic Waste and Growing.


Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Haymarket Books, Updated edition (2016). 

Rebecca Solnit. "Protest and Persist: Why giving up hope is not an option." The Guardian, 13 March 2017.


StoryCorps: Interview Guide generator

Transom.org. An invaluable resource on recording, editing and producing documentary radio.

HowSound. Transom's podcast about podcasting.