Defined by detailed embroidery, patient stitching, vibrant beading and hand-tanned hides, Indigenous designs in the North have always been couture—and the world is just starting to catch on.
Courtesy Vancouver Fashion Week/Arun Nevader
And now Jeremy Beamish has six employees. In fact, it didn’t take long for this self-employed carpenter to decide he should use his skills to start a proper business. The building part was straightforward enough—but entrepreneurship offered a few surprises.
Photo by Paul Bannister
For almost seven decades, Asger “Red” Pedersen has played a major role in Kugluktuk’s transformation and in helping to build Inuit institutions for Inuit—even though he knew he wouldn’t be a beneficiary.
Photo courtesy NWT Archives/Erik Watt/N-1990-005-0080
For a while, U.S Army vehicles were about all you would find rumbling along Iqaluit’s gravel roads. But when the airbase closed in 1963 and residents started shipping in their own cars, they certainly made some eclectic choices.
Photos courtesy David Boileau
Owning an airplane may seem like an expensive toy. But in the North, having your own plane is a way to beat the boredom, help out your neighbours, and connect with family—from the past and in the present.
Photo courtesy John Faulkner
Across the North, passionate mountain bikers, cyclists and bikepackers are blazing and building new trails—and inspiring others to explore and enjoy wild places on two wheels.
Photo by Karl Medig
Nicole Mitchell and Zach Biggar both work full-time jobs. They also run a home-based business, making and selling fresh bagels. It takes a bit of juggling, but the side hustle is paying off in more ways than they expected.
Photo by Aaron Tambour
Chris Shaver and Nicolinea Minakis have a new take on what it means to run a small business: they’re growing microgreens from a home-based vertical farm. Their company, Northern Greens, is taking root.
Photo by Marilyn Marshall
Across much of the North, bridges are the only structures connecting entire regions with the rest of the country year-round.
Government of Yukon
From pleasing the Budweiser crowd to craft brew lovers who crave the newest and punchiest beers, Northern brewers face the tall task of making everyone happy.
Photo courtesy Nunavut Brewing