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Crowds assemble on Treaty Day in Fort Rae, NWT, in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Glenbow Museum NA-3844-58

A Tale Of Two Worlds: The North 150 Years Later

Seven moments when the North's relationship with Canada fundamentally changed

July 2017 Up Here
A bowhead whale bone on Deadman’s Island marks the grave of a whaler who died in the 1880s. Photo by Paul Souders/Worldfoto

The Curse Of Marble Island

And how its bloody history could become a blessing

June 2017 Kassina Ryder
Photo courtesy Denny May

If These Wings Could Talk

Aviator Warren Wright aims to recreate a bit of Northern history

May 2017 Herb Mathisen

Chasing the Echo

The annual race to be the first steamship North

April 2017 Herb Mathisen
Photo courtesy Dawson City Museum/1975.2.1.24

The Balloon Bubble

The Klondike's brief flirtation with hot air balloons and airships

April 2017 Herb Mathisen
Henry Hudson, the English explorer, is remembered by the gigantic bay that goes by his name. Small consolation for having been mutinied by his crew in 1611, set adrift and left to die on the shores of James Bay.

The Strangers On The Map

A history of Western imperialism as seen through the Arctic Archipelago’s place names

March 2017 Herb Mathisen
NWT Archives/Curtis Merrill

The Town That Wouldn't Die

How Aklavik, NWT defied a flooding river, a skittish government and the nation’s expectations

March 2017 Elaine Anselmi
Illustration by Beth Covvey

The Invisible Invasion

The arrival of television forever changed the North

December 2016 Herb Mathisen
Photo courtesy of YKDFN archives

First People, First Finds

Some of the North’s biggest “discoveries” weren’t discoveries at all

November 2016 Herb Mathisen
Grandin College yearbook photos from 1967

The Chosen Ones

A bishop with a vision, a residential school without abuse and a class of teenagers who would lead...

September 2016 Herb Mathisen