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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Good Life

The Good Life

👤Sarah Artis 🕔Sep 10, 2018

The green of lettuce, the yellow of fresh egg yolks, and the red of the soil after processing livestock. Life in the North has long been about self-sufficiency and today young families continue to choose a lifestyle where everything that ends up on the dinner table comes from just out the back door. Sarah Artis dabbles and joins a pair of families trading the 9 to 5 for something a bit more hands on.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFirelight

Firelight

🕔Sep 10, 2018

This year’s wildfire season was the worst on record. Photographer Michelle Yarham snapped some beautiful, haunting images near Fraser Lake late in the summer as the fires raged and the daytime skies darkened.

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🔍Read Full ArticleColour of the Water

Colour of the Water

👤Paul Glover 🕔Sep 10, 2018

Sometimes adventures take a strange turn and, when they do, they etch themselves firmly in your memories—including the colours. Paul Glover takes us on a trip down the Nass, and the proverbial memory lane.

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🔍Read Full ArticleColouring the Map

Colouring the Map

🕔Sep 10, 2018

You know when a place is named for a colour? Blue River, Red Bluff, etc. etc. Sometimes the reason why is not as obvious as you’d think. Jo Boxwell checks out a few colourful northern BC locales.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOnions, Little and Big

Onions, Little and Big

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Sep 10, 2018

Just outside of Babine Mountains Provincial Park, "The Onion" is a "tick-the-box" kind of hike.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStreet Festivals

Street Festivals

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Jul 31, 2018

Activating downtown Prince George

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🔍Read Full ArticleLost or Found?

Lost or Found?

🕔Jul 31, 2018

We asked six writers and one photographer (Michelle Yarham) to tackle this issue’s theme in whatever way they saw fit. What they came up with is quirky, funny, poignant, reflective, and uniquely northern.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Economic Expanse

The Economic Expanse

👤Dan Mesec 🕔May 04, 2018

Making sense of the shifting Northwest economy is no small task

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🔍Read Full ArticleSaltwater Hank

Saltwater Hank

🕔May 04, 2018

Getting back to bluegrass basics.

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🔍Read Full ArticleEternal Spaces

Eternal Spaces

🕔May 04, 2018

These are the graves of sailors and captains. Of fishermen whose blood runs thick with salt. This place tells the story of how they lived. And that is the power of cemeteries.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Barn

The Barn

🕔May 04, 2018

The first time climbing the ladder is transcendental. Crossing from one world into another. Photo essay by Marty Clemens.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCreative Space

Creative Space

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔May 04, 2018

Whatever we create, the environment we are in leaves an imprint on our work. Many artists crave isolation during the creative process, but some encourage outsiders to interrupt and even influence the direction of the pieces. Six northern BC artists discuss their creative spaces and what makes them so significant to the work they produce.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGood Egg Records

Good Egg Records

🕔May 04, 2018

The latest addition to Prince George is a homegrown record label.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHaida Gwaii: The Board Game

Haida Gwaii: The Board Game

🕔Mar 09, 2018

Incorporating Haida cultural history, Nang K’uulas develops a new strategy game

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🔍Read Full ArticleRevolving Doors

Revolving Doors

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Mar 09, 2018

What happens when you come to a place temporarily and never leave? Or when you leave everything behind and venture out to northern BC for a job, but it doesn’t pan out? As our economy becomes increasingly reliant on transient workers, Dan Mesec investigates the temporary world in our half of the province.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStealing Time

Stealing Time

🕔Mar 09, 2018

Photo Essay by Talon Gillis

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🔍Read Full ArticlePassing Through

Passing Through

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Mar 09, 2018

Yawning and leg stretching at the visitor centre. The city connects highways and breaks up a train route, but the distances are vast. Some travellers collect brochures and pile them in their car doors. Others invest in small mementos: a printed mug or a wooden Mr. PG. A few leave behind their stories.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePaint Swatch Writing Contest

Paint Swatch Writing Contest

🕔Feb 22, 2018

Sharpen your pencils & your wit for Northword's first writing contest!

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🔍Read Full ArticleHunters

Hunters

🕔Feb 17, 2018

The smell of satisfaction is a roast in the oven

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🔍Read Full ArticleReconciliation

Reconciliation

👤Tania Millen 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Searching for the true meaning of Canada's future

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🔍Read Full ArticleUnlocking

Unlocking

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Feb 17, 2018

A beautiful piece of short fiction by Jo Boxwell

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn Ancient Ice

On Ancient Ice

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Tatshenshini-Alsek Park is iconic Canadian wilderness. It’s rugged, remote, and truly remarkable. Perched on a confluence of borders—BC, Yukon, and Alaska—the park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest protected natural area in the world.

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Utero

In Utero

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Melissa Sawatsky's devastingly honest personal essay

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🔍Read Full ArticleTweedsmuir

Tweedsmuir

🕔Feb 17, 2018

A bird's eye view of North Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

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🔍Read Full ArticleEdge of the World

Edge of the World

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Feb 17, 2018

The beginning of a thing is often not recognized as such until long after, or indeed until an ending appears on the horizon. Such was the case in the fall of 1994, when four dirtbags pooled their limited resources and headed north from Vancouver and the Kootenays to undertake a month-long sea-kayak trip in Gwaii Hanaas National Park Reserve.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Crawl

The Crawl

🕔Feb 17, 2018

Patrick Williston lives in Smithers in a mountainside home with a dark and spidery crawl space. When days are longer, you will find him and his family gunkholing around the Chatham Sea in an old sailboat. This is his first piece of fiction for Northword.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLemur

Lemur

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

I dreamt you were a lemur...

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🔍Read Full ArticleBeginnings

Beginnings

🕔Feb 13, 2018

Check out Northword's latest publication, a collection of northern stories and amazing images.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStrengthening Families

Strengthening Families

🕔Nov 06, 2017

Mental illness can be as challenging for caregivers and family members as it is for the person experiencing the illness itself.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNo Room on the Bus

No Room on the Bus

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 06, 2017

"On several mornings, she says she saw five teens get off to make room for younger kids, indicating the bus was overbooked by at least as many spaces."

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Terror of Tyrannosaurs

A Terror of Tyrannosaurs

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Nov 06, 2017

The best way to see ancient dinosaur footprints is in the dark. It’s also the best way to feel that tingly sensation on the back of your neck. Jo Boxwell takes us to Tumbler Ridge, where lantern tours of the dino trackways are a mainstay of the growing paleo-tourism industry.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBy Boat

By Boat

🕔Nov 06, 2017

In Haida Gwaii, the dark months of winter mean more time for things like hunting trips. Join photographer Joseph Crawford as he explores abandoned buildings and the subdued coastal landscapes while on a boat-access hunting excursion.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAvalanches

Avalanches

👤Tania Millen 🕔Nov 06, 2017

Travelling in northern BC’s backcountry means taking risks. Why we do we do it? Tania Millen weighs in, as she explores the dark side of risk vs. reward, and nudges us in the right direction for finding balance.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn Beaches

On Beaches

🕔Sep 11, 2017

As the world’s oceans fill up with plastic, the beaches along BC’s coast are quietly accumulating garbage. Talon Gillis's photos offers us a glimpse into a group of individuals working to protect and restore impacted habitat.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSimbiyez Wilson

Simbiyez Wilson

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Her name means “child of the stars.” And Witsuwit’en singer-songwriter Simbiyez Wilson seems to be living up to the name.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHelp Yourself

Help Yourself

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Ging Gang Hla tllGad Independent Music and Arts Co-operative

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🔍Read Full ArticleFuture Past

Future Past

👤Paul Glover 🕔Sep 11, 2017

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard

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🔍Read Full ArticleFishing for Future

Fishing for Future

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Opening day on the Skeena came late this year. Kitsumkalum fish monitors were there working with recreational anglers to gather data. Britta Boudreau takes us to the river, and gives us a glimpse of what’s at stake if the salmon stop swimming, and who is working to protect the resource.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Last Salmon Stronghold

The Last Salmon Stronghold

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Salmon are a way of life in northern BC. This season’s closures of the sockeye and Chinook fisheries on the Skeena River are causing ripples of fear for a future with no fish in the rivers. Dan Mesec investigates the issues, and the potential cultural implications of declining stocks.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOui, je parle francais

Oui, je parle francais

👤Sarah Artis 🕔May 01, 2017

Is this the end of French Immersion as we know it?

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🔍Read Full ArticleCreative Connections

Creative Connections

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔May 01, 2017

From Prince George to Prince Rupert, creative folks join forces to enhance their respective cultures, and northern BC culture as a whole. Collaboration at its best in three northern communities.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCasse-Tête

Casse-Tête

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔May 01, 2017

Collaborations on experimental music

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🔍Read Full ArticleBrewing Community

Brewing Community

🕔May 01, 2017

Northern BC breweries team up to quench thirst across the region.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePerception Problem

Perception Problem

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Feb 27, 2017

Prince George’s reputation for crime is a harsh reality for some and a bizarre background for others.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Grizzly Business

The Grizzly Business

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Feb 24, 2017

One of BC’s iconic creatures, the grizzly bear is responsible for a significant portion of our province’s economy. The question is: should we shoot bears with guns or cameras, or both?

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🔍Read Full ArticleBaby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Staying warm with live music

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🔍Read Full ArticleDigby Disturbed

Digby Disturbed

👤Frances Riley 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Tiny communities off BC’s northwest coast standing up to LNG threat

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🔍Read Full ArticleOh, Christmas Tree!

Oh, Christmas Tree!

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 25, 2016

The annual hunt for that elusive conifer

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🔍Read Full ArticleWhen One Store Closes…

When One Store Closes…

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Communities pull together in the face of supermarket losses

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🔍Read Full ArticleTrue Coldness

True Coldness

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Nov 25, 2016

It is being on the edge of everything; being in the North, experiencing true coldness, even fleetingly from the deck of a cozy home in a warming climate.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOrchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

Orchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

👤Paul Glover 🕔Mar 30, 2016

The audience hushes as the conductor and co-director stride down the aisle. At the front of the room, the orchestra members fall quiet.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Collections Renewal Project:  Bringing the past to light

The Collections Renewal Project:  Bringing the past to light

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Oct 09, 2015

I’ve poked around in museum backrooms throughout BC’s Northwest; wearing those white gloves while sifting through old papers in archives and artifact storage rooms.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSmokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

Smokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jul 31, 2015

A slight breeze rustles the aspen leaves, and on it drifts the distinct scent of a northern summer. It could be a campfire or a Bar-B-Q, but when the days are long and when the salmon are running, the smell of smoke carries with it the flavour of curing fish and the promise of good eating throughout the winter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

Growth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Anyone who considers Canada a dull and uncultured country clearly hasn’t experienced the rich heritage of northern BC, where hundreds of First Nations communities provide the region with a history rooted several millennia into the earth and traditions that significantly pre-date European arrival on the continent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStone women:  The water girls

Stone women:  The water girls

👤Sheila Peters 🕔Nov 26, 2014

what is it with us water girls always looking for the current in the current, the secret in the water that is the water…

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🔍Read Full ArticleHow Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

How Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Corvus corax. We-gyet. Trickster.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNorthern landscapes on the big screen:  Local filmmakers raise awareness through imagery

Northern landscapes on the big screen:  Local filmmakers raise awareness through imagery

👤Alicia Bridges 🕔Oct 09, 2014

In a place where our day-to-day lives are lived between a vast network of grand landscapes, it’s easy to appreciate the North’s natural environment.

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🔍Read Full ArticleArtists put creative talent toward social justice

Artists put creative talent toward social justice

👤Alicia Bridges 🕔Oct 09, 2014

A crowd files through the narrow entrance to the Old Church in Smithers, one by one unpeeling layers of sweaters and coats that protected them from the cold.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA buffet of summer music

A buffet of summer music

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 30, 2014

Heading to a music festival often means embracing all styles and genres of music.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLost in definition  Art lives in Smithers

Lost in definition Art lives in Smithers

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 02, 2013

The creative process is a great and beautiful mystery.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMusic for Life: Festivals in Northern BC

Music for Life: Festivals in Northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 31, 2013

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleMidsummer Festival, 30 years on: the stuff of legends

Midsummer Festival, 30 years on: the stuff of legends

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 31, 2013

It’s 8 p.m. on a Monday evening, and in the Stokes’ kitchen a Midsummer Music Festival meeting has just wrapped up. A teapot and half-empty wine bottle sit on the table. But what flows most generously are the stories.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDon’t Mess with the Estuary: Skeena mouth threatened by development near and far

Don’t Mess with the Estuary: Skeena mouth threatened by development near and far

👤Frances Riley 🕔Dec 01, 2012

Over the past few years, protection of the Skeena River has received a lot of attention.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSustainable Mining in BC: Does it really exist?

Sustainable Mining in BC: Does it really exist?

👤Anastasia Ledwon 🕔Dec 01, 2012

Sustainable is a word used everywhere these days, thrown around like a corporate-world Frisbee: sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, sustainable communities. But sustainable mining?

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🔍Read Full ArticleEnter the DJ: Electronic music in the North

Enter the DJ: Electronic music in the North

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 01, 2012

The room is dark. It’s hot and humid from the combined body heat of hundreds of people crammed into a small space.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFishnets and kneepads: Derby’s unique style rolls north

Fishnets and kneepads: Derby’s unique style rolls north

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Booty blocking, fresh meat, fishnet burns: you’re unlikely to hear these terms in any other team sport. Then again, few athletic pursuits are quite like roller derby.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSurprise Home-birth: Baby Carter arrives in a hurry

Surprise Home-birth: Baby Carter arrives in a hurry

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 01, 2012

Amanda Lewis never intended to have a homebirth.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDirty Dirt: The legacy of contaminated sites

Dirty Dirt: The legacy of contaminated sites

👤Tania Millen 🕔Jun 01, 2012

Have you ever driven by a vacant site in town and wondered why it was empty? Maybe the buildings have been torn down but nothing’s going on.

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🔍Read Full ArticleConfessions of a homeschooling geek

Confessions of a homeschooling geek

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Feb 01, 2012

People all over British Columbia homeschool their children, but here in the North it seems at times to be a bit of an epidemic. If you don’t homeschool, you might assume that the reason lies in some defect in the northern schools, or in the geography of remoteness, or even in a deeply-rooted religious fanaticism that you never noticed before. But none of these theories really proves out. Somewhat mundanely, in the end it’s just that the same qualities which draw a person to the north also draw him or her to homeschooling: independence, resilience, a kind of indifference to isolation, and a delight in making your own—well—entertainment.

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