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DECEMBER 2019

He’s a globally recognized voice speaking against climate change in the North. He’s a land and water protector who’s battled Donald Trump in Washington to preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He’s chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and now Dana Tizya-Tramm​ is our 2019 Northerner of the Year.

In our December cover feature, Tizya-Tramm shares his story of hardship and hope with journalist Eva Holland—from his teenage years spent homeless in Whitehorse, to his inspirational return to Old Crow and his continuing work as a leader for the Gwich’in people.

In This Issue

Bill Braden looks to the sky. Up Here/Jacob Boon

Capturing The Aurora

Setting out to photograph the northern lights with a fresh set of eyes.

By Jacob Boon
Dec 19
2019
Courtesy NWT Tourism/Dave Brosha

How To Steal A Bear

Whatever happened to the NWT legislature’s original polar bear hide?

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Dec 16
2019
CARMELLA KLENGENBERG WEARS HER GRANDMOTHER’S DRUM-DANCING PARKA, MADE FROM STROUD, WITH WOLVERINE TRIM AND A WOLF SUNBURST PATTERN LINING THE HOOD. THE RED DYE ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE FRINGES WAS BELIEVED TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND IS A DETAIL STILL SEEN ON PARKAS TODAY. PHOTO BY RITA LEISTNER

The Art and Science of Staying Warm

People around the world are starting to clue in to what Northerners have always known: if you want to stay warm, there’s nothing better than a northern parka.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Dec 11
2019
UP HERE/JESSICA DAVEY-QUANTICK

Radio Rankin

When the weather outside is frightful, the radio station becomes a community hub.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Dec 10
2019
Glaciologist Adrienne White looks out at the Milne Ice Shelf. COURTESY ADRIENNE WHITE/LUKE COPLAND

The Last Ice

The Canadian government announced interim protection this year for 320,000 kilometres of marine area at the northern tip of Ellesmere Island. No person lives here and few people have ever been, but its protection is by no means in vain.

By Elaine Anselmi
Dec 04
2019
Dana Tizya-Tramm, pictured in Whitehorse. CATHIE ARCHBOULD

Bringing Old Crow To The World

The youngest Vuntut Gwitchin chief in recent history only moved back to his home community six years ago after a difficult childhood on the streets of Whitehorse. Now, he's sharing his story of hardship and hope. Dana Tizya-Tramm is our Northerner of the Year.

By Eva Holland
Dec 02
2019