Thursday, January 17, 2019

Forty Below: Traditional Life in the Arctic

Text and photos by Bryan and Cherry Alexander Cold is synonymous with the Arctic, particularly during the winter months. In some areas, temperatures...

Finding Hope and Healing in Memories of Our Past

March/April 2012 by Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, C.M. They came frightened. They came with broken hope. They came tired and dirty. They came not knowing if they...

Arctic Change

Destined it seems to forever be a fragile, changing frontier, the North needs to quickly grow capacity and capability, more urgently in the realm of education, opportunity and the ongoing development of healthy and sustainable economic and social programming that will prepare people for change within the context of their own self-determination and the needs and expectations of future generations.

Camera On A Mission

Electric curtains of radioactive green swirl, undulate and dance across the diamond flecked night sky, as I set up my camera gear for my first great show of the season. I’m with close friends on a small island just outside Yellowknife, one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights.

Arctic Navigator

On the 12 of August 1869, Captain Joseph Elzéar Bernier, aboard the brigantine Saint- Joseph, weighed anchor in Quebec City’s harbour, bound for England. The builder and owner of the ship was Bernier’s father, Thomas, but Thomas was not on board. Twenty-seven days later his son Joseph dropped anchor in the port of Teignmouth, Devon, England. The ocean crossing had been without incident.

Real-Life Outdoor Classroom

The Students on Ice (SOI) program brings international youth on ship-based expeditions to Earth’s Polar Regions to witness its fragile beauty and heart-rending vulnerability firsthand. Geoff Green, the director of Students on Ice, is an educator and environmentalist. His belief in the power of the outdoor classroom is firm.


My journey to Greenland started with the intent of answering these questions as much as possible. In two weeks, I travelled to a dozen villages, visiting Viking ruins, old European settlements, glaciers and ice fjords, sheep farms, museums and met with many interesting people.

A Canadian Inuit Migration to Greenland

In about the mid-1800s (the date is not certain) two groups of Inuit set out from Pond Inlet and headed north. Two men, one named Qitdlarssuaq (aka Qillaq) and the other, Oqe, each led a group of their followers toward a new homeland to the northeast.


Among the various expressions of welcome to feasts, games and gatherings, tunngasugitti (pl) is not only an expression of welcome, it is also an expression of praise and respect. It is a fitting welcome to those who come from faraway to join in a celebration. Somewhere throughout the communities in Canada’s Arctic a celebration may be taking place this very moment.

Distinguished Northerners Honoured

Early August, Rideau Hall disclosed that two well-known Northerners are to receive the Governor General’s Northern Medal (presentation ceremony date still to be announced) to honour their significant contributions to Canada’s North and its people.