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December 2016

Up Here December 2016

Every year we choose a figure—an individual, a group and one time a whole family—that has left their mark on the North. Whether you know Gary Bailie’s name or not, once you hear his story, you’ll understand why we chose him as the 2016 Northerner of the Year.

Over in Nunavut, we talk to the guys who traverse the roadless landscape on Bombardiers to transport goods to communities, and we head to Fort Providence to get schooled in table tennis.

And, to wrap up a year of Icebreakers—politicians and innovators—we catch up with former premier of the Northwest Territories Nellie Cournoyea, to talk about change, progress and retiring as chair of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation after 20 years.

In This Issue

Illustration by Beth Covvey

A Christmas Wedding In Tulita

They wanted a small ceremony. The rest of town had other plans

By Samia Madwar
Dec 23
2016

The Movers And Shakers From Years Gone By

Catching up with Up Here's past Northerns of the Year

By Up Here
Dec 14
2016
Photo by Ian Stewart/Yukon News

A Source Of Light

He’s found the healing balm of tragedy. His mantra is, “Money is not the only currency.” A philosopher on skis and stage lighting artist, Gary Bailie is our Northerner of the Year

By Tim Edwards
Dec 12
2016
Photo by Thorsten Gohl

The Other Northern Paddle Sport

In a small town on the banks of the Mackenzie River, Ping Pong is more than just a game

By Elaine Anselmi
Dec 07
2016
Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin

Hot Idea Or Hot Air

Will blimps really save the North?

By Herb Mathisen
Dec 05
2016
Illustration by Beth Covvey

A Lengthy Wait For Will And Kate

Scenes from a surreal visit

By Eva Holland
Dec 02
2016
Illustration by Beth Covvey

The Invisible Invasion

The arrival of television forever changed the North

By Herb Mathisen
Dec 02
2016
Photo by Bostjan Skrlj

Last Of The Bombardiers

And the adventurous few who keep them running back and forth across Hudson Bay

By Peter Worden
Dec 02
2016
Photo by Ed Hardy

Every Person Counts

But in the North, it isn’t always easy to count them

By Elaine Anselmi
Nov 29
2016
Photo by Patrick Kane/Up Here

The Leader

Nellie Cournoyea has never shied away from a tough battle

By Elaine Anselmi
Jan 04
2016