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A hockey player reflects on his short—but triumphant—stint with one of Yellowknife's old mining company teams
May 2016
Alaska Highway, 1942. The first vehicle to traverse the Alaska Highway was a U.S. Army jeep. Library Oof Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSH/OWI Collection, LC-USW 33-000941-ZC
Caught between global powers, Canada's North in wartime was a place of incredible feats, ravaging disease and irreversible change.
May 2016
Photo by Nathalie Heiberg-Harrison
Without luck, determination and Darrel Nasogaluak, the Mackenzie Delta Inuvialuit may have lost their qajaq forever.
April 2016
The captain of the Radium King with passengers in Yellowknife in 1954. Credit: NWT Archives, Henry Busse fonds, N-1979-052: 0611
She hauled radioactive ore, nearly blew up on Great Slave Lake, and changed shipping in the North forever.
May 2015
The aurora shimmer over Pangnirtung, Nunavut in winter. www.michaelhdavies.com
Some say the shimmering Northern Lights dance through the sky. The Inuit say they play ball.
March 2016
A little bit of the North, inscribed on the cup. Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame
What would you do for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup?
March 2016
The agony of defeat--shellshocked Molson's players drink bubbly from a gallon pail. Photo courtesy Ron Sulz
A look back at the wildest 20 minutes in Yellowknife hockey history
March 2016
Whaling crews in the 1890s played an extreme version of baseball on the winter sea ice around Herschel Island, off the coast of the Yukon. The local Inuit were their biggest—and rowdiest—fans. Image from National Baseball Hall of Fame, BL-2540.93
Whalers at a 19th century Arctic outpost keep (relatively) sane with America’s pastime
March 2016
To 18th-century voyageurs, Inuit were mythic savages, dangerous and strange. Did they kill Duncan Livingston and his crew?
It's the North's coldest cold case: Two centuries ago at the mouth of the Mackenzie, six bold fur traders came to grief. Did 'Eskimos' murder them? Or was it an inside job?
February 2011
On an icy October morning, two Igloolik hunters set out in their boat, looking for walruses. What happened next was part horror story, part miracle: One of the most difficult - and ultimately deadly - life-saving efforts in Arctic history.
February 2013