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Small Town, Big Stories

Small Town, Big Stories

A letter from editor Herb Mathison, from our March 2019 issue.
By Herb Mathisen
Mar 04

From the white fox capital of the world to a former U.S. army relay station built and rebuilt after it blew away in a storm, we’re taking you across the North in this issue to visit some of its smallest towns. We’ll introduce you to community builders and founders, as well as the holdouts and dreamers who live in the North’s least accessible locales—and wouldn’t have it any other way. In these pages there are stories of resilience and promise, of abundance and tedium. But there’s one thing you’ll find in common with everyone we spoke to in our feature section: the palpable pride they have for their hometowns.

Also in this magazine, Elaine Anselmi reports from Old Crow, a town of 400 in northern Yukon, to look at how a recent decision by the American government might have far-reaching repercussions on caribou, the most important and dependable resource for the Vuntut Gwitchin. And in keeping with tradition, we’re publishing the winners of our annual readers’ photo contest in this issue. As always, you didn’t disappoint!

Finally, a personal thank you. This will be my last issue as editor of Up Here magazine. It’s been a privilege to tell Northern stories for this publication these last four-plus years—and to steer it as editor for nearly the last two. I’m excited to see to what heights Jessica, Jeremy and the rest of the new team take the magazine.

One parting request, if I may be so bold: please continue to consume and support Northern media created right here in the North. If you look forward to picking up each new issue of Up Here at an airport or hotel—or if you enjoyed it after leafing through it at a conference or in a coffee shop—consider becoming a subscriber. It’s not cheap to put together a nationally circulated publication from our office up in Yellowknife. We can’t do it without your help.

Again, thank you to everyone who trusted us to tell their stories, thank you for reading and take care,

Herb Mathisen, 





Herb Mathisen