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May 2016

In this issue we look outside our borders, to the Northern nations and states that share our latitude. From Russia to Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Sweden and Finland, Up Here finds out what these places are doing right, and what Canada can learn from them. Plus: Tim Edwards points out the upside to WWII in the Yukon, Daniel Campbell sees how Canada’s North compares in the Arctic tourism game, and Samia Madwar chats with Greenland’s first female prime minister about Canadian and Greenlandic Inuit. Also: a somewhat absurd tale of Canadian tanks driving across the Arctic is told.

In This Issue

The view from Sisimiut, Greenland. Photo courtesy Greenland Travel

Dream Homes

You’re probably familiar with Nunavut’s crippling housing crisis. It needs thousands of houses, but construction costs are astronomical, and utilities, heating and annual maintenance costs for existing homes continues to rise–to $26,000 per unit in 2015. What might be done to build more and build better?

By Herb Mathisen
May 11
Aleqa Hammond, former prime minister of Greenland. Photo by Ellen Emmerntze Jervell/The Wall Street Journal

Secede To Succeed

Greenland's former prime minister Aleqa Hammond is the loudest, most insistent voice calling for Greeland's independence.

By Samia Madwar
May 10
 Sweet sweet aqpiqs. Photo by Per Arne Slotte (https://www.flickr.com/photos/paslotte/5503226907/) CC by-sa 2.0

The Sweetest Pick

Silent mutiny, one berry at a time

By Samia Madwar
May 09
Svartifoss Falls, Iceland. Photo courtesy Javier Losa

Thinking Murder In Iceland

I'm probably just a really, really terrible person

By Herb Mathisen
May 08
Photo by Richard Martin (2008 Alaska Cruise 133) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

International Trade

Skagway and Whitehorse swap bikini waxes for brown curry

By Eva Holland
May 07

What Can Our North Become?

Canada’s North is slowly becoming more accessible and self-sufficient, but some of our Arctic neighbours have been thriving for years. It’s high time we look outside our borders for inspiration.

By Samia Madwar
May 06
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

Paths Of Glory

Caught between global powers, Canada's North in wartime was a place of incredible feats, ravaging disease and irreversible change.

By Tim Edwards
May 05

No Cupid


By Up Here
May 04
This carving, of Judge J.H. Sissons’ first trial in the NWT, depicts an early interaction between Canada’s legal system and the Inuit. An Inuk, Kaotok, stands before Sissons to answer a charge that he murdered his father on the sea ice. Part of the Sissons/Morrow Collection. © Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories

Law Of The Land

How Norway and Nunavut give indigenous people a say in the justice system

By Samia Madwar
May 04