Haida Gwaii

🔍Read Full ArticleNegative Space

Negative Space

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 04, 2018

What do you see?

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🔍Read Full ArticleHaida Gwaii Housing

Haida Gwaii Housing

🕔May 04, 2018

Addressing the Queen Charlotte housing crisis

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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 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 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 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 ArticleThe Penguin

The Penguin

🕔Mar 09, 2018

Patrick Williston gets the last word

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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 ArticleBeginnings - Editor’s Note

Beginnings - Editor’s Note

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

When do things really start?

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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 ArticleIn Utero

In Utero

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Melissa Sawatsky's devastingly honest personal essay

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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 ArticleWhen Dark is Light

When Dark is Light

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 06, 2017

The dark is mystery. It is the unknown. It can be comforting or terrifying, or both at the same time.

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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 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 ArticleNightbirds

Nightbirds

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Nov 06, 2017

Helen Keller proved irrevocably the power of the senses, especially when one operates in isolation from the rest. Spending a night on a remote island, sans headlamp, to witness the spectacle of nesting seabirds is revealing, to say the least. Join writer and biologist Dave Quinn on the North Coast with some very peculiar little birds.

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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 ArticleThe Future of LNG

The Future of LNG

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Sep 11, 2017

In wake of Petronas decision, northerners agree: It’s time to work together.

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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 ArticleThe Future is a Strange Beast

The Future is a Strange Beast

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Fear of the future is pointless. There's no escape from our perceived passage of time. “At some point the future becomes reality. And then it quickly becomes the past.” Haruki Murakami.

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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 ArticleAbove/Below

Above/Below

🕔May 01, 2017

Freediving is a meditative, introspective sport, and here we get a rare glimpse of what that looks like in Haida Gwaii waters. Words by Allison Smith, photos by Joseph Crawford.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStill Growing

Still Growing

👤Sheila Peters 🕔May 01, 2017

Sustaining northern agriculture

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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 ArticleLlgaaygwü sdiihlda

Llgaaygwü sdiihlda

🕔May 01, 2017

Restoring balance in Gwaii Haanas

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🔍Read Full ArticleUnder the Water

Under the Water

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 01, 2017

Can collaboration exist in isolation?

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Retrospect

In Retrospect

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 27, 2017

JRP chair Sheila Leggett on due process, yoga and the search for common ground

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🔍Read Full ArticleMind (over) Mountains

Mind (over) Mountains

🕔Feb 27, 2017

"Everyone deserves to enjoy the mountains." Talon Gillis inspires with his photo essay.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWelcome to the Truth

Welcome to the Truth

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 24, 2017

If Truth can be found at the bottom of a bottle, it can also be found in the crumbs of a vanished sandwich.

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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 ArticleUnseen Labyrinth: Northern BC’s amazing limestone karst topography

Unseen Labyrinth: Northern BC’s amazing limestone karst topography

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 03, 2016

The dog slips farther into the hole and it becomes suddenly apparent that we’ve found exactly what we were expecting.

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🔍Read Full Article“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Mar 30, 2016

John “Muffa” Kudlak was born and raised in Paulatuk, NWT, a hamlet of just over 300 residents and one of the most northerly permanent settlements on the Canadian mainland.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGlass Fishing Floats:  Vintage treasures from the Westerlies

Glass Fishing Floats:  Vintage treasures from the Westerlies

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2015

My aunt almost married a North Coast fisherman. The romance between the pretty young teacher and the tall Norwegian fell casualty to family objections and World War II, but the story, like the jade-coloured glass fishing floats which sat in my grandmother’s kitchen window, did not fade away.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWheelin’ in the North

Wheelin’ in the North

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Road trips are great, but there’s really no better way to see a new place than from the seat of a bike.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCetaceans & citizen science in the North

Cetaceans & citizen science in the North

👤Caitlin Birdsall 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Phooooouuuuuuughhhhhht. A humpback whale exhales.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

Bug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

A slight movement on my sleeve catches my attention: A spider—the size of a nickel. Yeow!

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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 ArticleSticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

Sticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

“How about this one?” The tide was low and we were looking for solid sticks to brace ourselves as we waded across the Tlell River.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

Dandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

👤Michele Genest 🕔May 30, 2014

The dandelion is a plant that gives and gives...

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🔍Read Full ArticleSuper Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

Super Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

No one was eating the mashed potatoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGwaii Haanas Legacy Pole—First monumental pole in 130 years celebrates Haida past and future

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole—First monumental pole in 130 years celebrates Haida past and future

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Oct 02, 2013

I first visited Haida Gwaii nearly 20 years ago with three friends, before the temporary moniker Queen Charlotte Islands was returned to BC

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Locally owned and operated

👤Charlynn Toews 🕔Oct 02, 2013

Barometer columns by Charlynn Toews.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCampania Island:The Beauty of Emptiness

Campania Island:The Beauty of Emptiness

👤Al Lehmann 🕔May 30, 2013

The impermanence of being—the idea that everything that is, is nothing; or that nothing is what is—is central to Zen Buddhism.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWalk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

Walk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Mar 28, 2013

The first hikes of spring in northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePurges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

Purges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 28, 2013

How rhubarb came to northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSea Otters of Haida Gwaii: Icons in Human-Ocean Relations

Sea Otters of Haida Gwaii: Icons in Human-Ocean Relations

🕔Mar 08, 2013

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is an iconic marine mammal in the culture and ecology of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) - the traditional territory of the Haida Nation.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBoat Camping Haida Gwaii

Boat Camping Haida Gwaii

🕔Mar 08, 2013

With information on ancient native settlements, hidden campsites and everything in between, Boat Camping Haida Gwaii offers a fascinating and comprehensive marine guide to the wild beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands for kayakers and other small vessel operators.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFrom the Depths: Who threw this olive jar overboard?

From the Depths: Who threw this olive jar overboard?

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Oct 01, 2012

When you step into the Masset Maritime Museum in Haida Gwaii, you see large-scale models of sailing ships, walls covered in nets, and exhibits of Pacific Ocean fishing and sea-faring life.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDeep Art: Creative reports from the wilds of Gwaii Haanas

Deep Art: Creative reports from the wilds of Gwaii Haanas

👤Frances Riley 🕔Feb 01, 2012

The concept was simple: take several artists, remove them from their usual surroundings, and immerse them in the wildest parts of Gwaii Haanas—the rugged, mossy park that covers much of the remote southern end of Haida Gwaii. With only a guide and each other for company, this would promote an intense absorption with the landscape, deeply influencing the resulting artwork.

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