Thursday, January 17, 2019


Many of us older folks, especially those of us who live in small communities, are well acquainted with the echoes of that typical summertime lament teenagers are so famous for, “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do.” To address this commonplace social dilemma, a dedicated cadre of volunteers work tirelessly to source or develop appealing youth-relevant activities.

A World Apart

Sailing on Great Slave Lake offers a quiet counterpoint to the bustle of city life. The lake — especially its East Arm — is a beautiful, unspoiled sailing destination that takes years to fully explore.

Exploring the Weather at Clyde River

Inuit have noted many changes in weather over the past few decades. Among other things, they report that the weather is harder to predict than it used to be. This complaint echoes observations I’ve heard from Alaska (where I live), Canada’s western Arctic, Nunavut, Greenland, Scandinavia, and Russia. Something is undoubtedly going on.

Inuit Night in the City

Although the calendar indicated it was June 10, so technically still spring, the weather was fine. Better than fine... the evening was warm, the skies crystal clear. A typical summer’s night in the Capital actually, perfect for gathering up family and friends and hitting the streets for a stress-relieving bout of entertainment at week’s end.

Restoring Cultural Treasures

“Unikkausivut” means “sharing our stories” in Inuktitut, the name of a National Film Board initiative that is bringing Inuit stories to all Canadians.

Arctic Bay Photography Workshop

On a beautiful spring week featuring cloudless skies and twenty-four hours of sunlight, a group of established and up-and-coming Inuit photographers came together from a number of Nunavut communities for a historic event: a professional level photography workshop.


The first installment in this story of the HBC post at the head of Ukkusiksalik (Wager Bay), from its founding in 1925 until the permanent departure of the Qallunaat managers in 1933, appeared in the last issue of above & beyond.

The Coming Age of Arctic Oil and Gas Development

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), which represents 160 thousand Inuit living in Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia, is developing a common position for future environmentally sensitive oil and gas exploration and development in Arctic waters.

Arctic Adventures of Anna

Why didn’t I just sail in the tropics, I’m often asked? Not only because I’ve already been there. The main reason is that the expansive Arctic fascinates me much more than warmer seas. Simple. Here [along the Northwest Passage] there are so many interesting, beautiful scenic places... and people... it would be a pity to just simply bypass them.

The Arviat Community Ecotourism Initiative

There is excitement in the air in Arviat. Something new is happening. The Arviat Community Ecotourism (ACE) initiative is a grassroots project involving many individuals and several small businesses in Arviat, with a vision to establish a sustainable community-based tourism enterprise.