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October/November 2018

In case the cover doesn't make it clear enough, this is our arts issue and we catch up with musicians and performers from across the North and ponder one big question: how is it that Nunavut still doesn't have a theatre?

But this double-issue isn't only about the arts. We put a spotlight on wildlife and check in with new technology that allows Nunavummiut to indulge in a class country food dish, without fear of bacteria contimating their meat. And we travel to remote Coats Island with its perfect conditions for research due to a lack of certain predators and permanent human settlements.

In This Issue

Photo courtesy Diavik Diamond Mines

Bear Aware

The hair necessities of tracking grizzlies on the tundra

By Elaine Anselmi
Jan 08
Story and photos by Émile Brisson-Curadeau

Curious Coats Island

With three glaring absences—human settlements, snow geese and lemmings—this giant island is an oddity of the Arctic.

By Émile Brisson-Curadeau
Nov 05
Lorraine Raymond and James Harry on the steps of the John Wayne Kiktorak Centre. “Once we’re out of here, I’m going to work my ass off to keep us out of here,” says Harry. “Right now, a priority is finding a place to stay. And getting a ring for her.” Words and photos by Weronika Murray

Coming In From The Cold

Inside an Arctic emergency warming shelter

By Weronika Murray
Nov 05
‘LOST ON THE ICE-CAP’ BY Albert Operti/University of Toronto library Reproduction

The Franklin Ghosts

A spooky, supernatural and spectral history of the lost Arctic expedition

By Shane McCorristine
Nov 05

The Blue Mile

Chills and thrills at a make-shift Marsh Lake marathon

By Katharine Sandiford
Nov 02

A Champion Of The North

Meet Pangnirtung’s Amka Aliyak—Marvel’s newest superhero, Snowguard

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Nov 02
Kananginak Pootoogook, Untitled (Successful Walrus Hunt), 2009. Colored pencil, ink, paper, 48 x 96 in. (121.9x243.8 cm). © Estate of Kananginak Pootoogook.  COURTESY BROOKLYN MUSEUM, EDWARD J. GUARINO COLLECTION

The Country Food Test

How a laboratory in Iqaluit provides comfort to lovers of a Nunavut comfort food

By Kassina Ryder
Nov 02
Photo by Matt Jacques

A Horse With No Name. For Now

Bands of feral horses have been galloping around the Yukon for the last century. Today, they’re treated as an invasive species, but these horses may be descendants of Ice Age equines—and that could guarantee their legal protection. Paleontologists just have to prove it.

By Jessica Davey-Quantick
Nov 02
Photo by Paul Aningat

Fright Night

Our spooky October/November Arctic Moment

By Up Here
Oct 31
Illustration by Beth Covvey

A Chip-Sealed Fate

On surviving the tour de Great Slave Lake

By Jimmy Thomson
Oct 25