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July/August 2018

It's our summer issue, so we head out to cabin country to see what these eclectic and cozy getaways look like in the North. And we also bring you a guide to Northern homes—buildings can look a little different up here and we explain why.

New technology is allowing scientists to take stock of the different animals that use lakes and rivers, requiring only a water sample. This could have major impacts on our understanding of ecosystems and how they're changing, so we take a feature look at this technology, how it's being deployed and how Northerners are involved. We also talk to a few people that have some of the worst summer jobs around, and yet, seem to love them.

In This Issue

Illustration by Beth Covvey

A Hell Of A Fight

The fisherman who saved us from ourselves

By Katharine Sandiford
Aug 29

Tough Going

Where plumbing isn’t practical, Northerners still make do

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Aug 22
In Yellowknife, billion-year-old Precambrian Shield comes with the house. Photo courtesy of Simon Taylor.

The Peculiarities Of A Northern Home

A house divided against its surroundings cannot stand

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Aug 20
Meagan Wohlberg edited the Northern Journal for four years. Photo by Stephanie Hansen

Life After The Paper

What is lost when the local newspaper shuts down

By Sarah Pruys
Aug 15

The Title Holders

The reasons why only a few Nunavummiut own their property

By Herb Mathisen
Aug 13
From left, Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt, Keenan “Nooks” Lindell and Emma Kreuger. Courtesy Hinaani Design

Cultural Threads

Arviat’s Hinaani Design is on the cusp of something big

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Aug 08
Photo by Angela Gzowski

Welcome To Cabin Country

It is a refuge, a base for a hunt, the family home away from home. From Arviat to Dawson City, take a tour through cabin country, Northern-style.

By Up Here
Aug 03
Illustration by Beth Covvey

Flying Tuktu

Deciding what has to go overboard in a sinking boat

By Peter Autut
Jul 27
Scientists take a water sample during the Canada C3 trip last summer, as part of one of the largest eDNA surveys ever conducted. Later, this sample will be analyzed and the DNA it contains will paint a picture of the species present in the area. Courtesy Students on Ice Foundation/Taylor Roades

The Clues In The Water

How environmental DNA is showing us all of the life we cannot see

By Jimmy Thomson
Jul 17

An Unforgiving Pastime

Bring patience and a plan to the competitive world of Yellowknife garage saleing

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Jul 12