Eating in the oil sands: Sâkawiyiniwak(Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Alberta’s oil sands

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Janelle M. 2018. The Fern that Makes you fat: Access to Traditional Foods in the Canadian Oil Sands. Hektoen International A Journal of Medical Humanities, 10(4).

Baker, Janelle M. & Clinton N. Westman. 2018 Extracting Knowledge: Social Science, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Indigenous Consultation in the Oil Sands of Alberta, Canada. In The Extractive Industries and Society, (5):144-153.

Baker, Janelle M. 2016. Research as Reciprocity: Northern Cree Community-Based and Community-Engaged Research on Wild Food Contamination in Alberta’s Oil Sands Region. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 2(1):109-123.

Johnson, Leslie Main and Janelle Marie Baker. 2014. Teaching Ethnobiology On-Line at a Canadian Distance Learning University. In Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences. Cassandra L. Quave, ed. New York: Springer Press.

Wyatt, Stephen and Janelle Marie Baker. 2014. First Nations and Shale Gas in New Brunswick: Partners or Bystanders? Economic and Social Development of First Nations Communities, Aboriginal Rights and Opportunities for Developing Natural Gas from Shale. In Shale Gas in New Brunswick: Towards a Better Understanding. Richard Saillant, ed. Moncton: Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2012. Wirikuta, Birthplace of the Sun: A Wixarika (Huichol) Sacred Site. Langscape 2(11): 28-30.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2005. Makola Market, Cape Coast Castle, Lucy. Anthropology and Humanism (30)1 : 93-94.


Baker, Janelle M. & Fort McKay Berry Group. 2019 (in press). Cranberries are Medicine: Monitoring, Sharing, and Consuming Cranberries in Fort McKay. In Wisdom Engaged: Traditional Knowledge for Northern Community Well-Being, edited by L.M. Johnson. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.

Baker, Janelle Marie. In Review. Do Berries Listen? Berries as Indicators, Ancestors, and Agents in Canada’s Oil Sands Region. Special Issue: Phytocommunicability and Plant-Human Sociality, Becky Schulties, editor. Ethnos.

Baker, Janelle Marie. Bear Stories in the Berry Patch: Caring for Boreal Forest Cycles of Respect. In Ecology, Ontology, and Settler Colonialism in Canada’s Oil Sands: From political economy to post-human anthropology. Clinton N. Westman, Tara L. Joly, and Lena Gross, editors. Arctic Worlds Series, David Anderson and Rob Losey, editors. New York: Routledge.

Black Elk, Linda & Janelle Marie Baker. From Traplines to Pipelines: Oil Sands and Pollution of Berries and Sacred Lands from Northern Alberta to North Dakota. In Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights and the Roles of Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany: Strategies for Canada’s Future, edited by N.J. Turner. Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Baker, Janelle Marie, Treena Gladue, and Josie Auger. Monitoring the Land: Consultation and Extraction in Bigstone Cree Nation’s Territory. In Indigenous Stewardship and Alternative Development, Katherine Sinclair and Evodia, Silva editors. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Scott, Colin, Bill Simeone, Robert Wishart and Janelle Baker. Subarctic: Accommodation and Resistance since 1970. In Handbook of the North America Indian Volume 1 – Introduction. Smithsonian Institution.


Baker, Janelle Marie. 2015.  Review of Urban Pollution: Cultural Meanings, Social Practices by Eveline Dürr and Rivke Jaffe. Ethnobiology Letters 6(1):114-115.


Baker, Janelle Marie. 2017. In Search of the Toxic Berry Patch. Thematic series: Toxic Bodies. Engagement: A blog published by the Anthropology and Environment Society, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Retrieved:

Baker, Janelle Marie.2016. Harvesting Ruins: The im/permanence of work camps and reclaiming colonized landscapes in the northern Alberta oil sands. Thematic series: Life on the Frontier: The Environmental Anthropology of Settler Colonialism. Engagement: A blog published by the Anthropology and Environment Society, a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2014. Review of Medicinal Plants and the Treatment of the Elderly in Thailand, By Lisa C. Offringa. Dissertation Reviews.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2014.  Our Northern Blind Spot. Huffington Post.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2014. The Benefits of Being an Academ-Hick. Huffington Post. The Benefits of Being an Academi-Hick.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2014. Jokes About Aboriginal Women are not Jokes. Pass it to the Left.

Baker, Janelle Marie. 2006. Urban Nomads in Edmonton: Moving as a Coping Strategy. A Report Prepared for Boyle Street Community Services. 

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