January 15, 2021

One woman practices her beading with cat vests, while another teaches the public a new word in Kalaallisut. Plus, Nunavut gets an all-Inuit language TV channel. All in this week’s newsletter.

Photo by Up Here. The view over Náįlįcho in Nahanni National Park Reserve.


Our January/February issue of Up Here has finally arrived and we’re excited to see it out in the world. For this issue, I had visited the Nahanni National Park Reserve back in September and spent about two months writing the feature story, so I'm very happy to see it finally in print. I hope you all like it.

It’s been a pretty warm week in Yellowknife, with temperatures sitting around minus 15 degrees (give or take). Of course, that’s concerning climate change wise, but… I mean, a day without snow pants is a good day. And with the sun staying out a little longer, it’s hard not to be optimistic for 2021. (But Shh... we're not talking about what's happening in the U.S. right now.)

And on that positive note, onto the news…

Thanks for reading,
Dana Bowen

Associate Editor

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The Northwest Territories has become the pingo capital of North America, after scientists discovered about a 1,000 more of the ice-cored hills near Tuktoyaktuk than originally thought. Research scientist Stephen Wolfe was part of the team that digitally tracked the natural landmarks during the pandemic. These hills are created by sucking up the groundwater over an area where there was once a lake. You can find out more about pingos in our upcoming March/April issue. (Ottawa Citizen)

As the demand for travel reduces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Canada announced it is suspending passenger services to Yellowknife as of January 23. The suspension will be in place until further notice, the airline said Tuesday. (NNSL)

Also, in light of the pandemic the annual Fur Harvesters Auction based in Ontario has been postponed from January to the spring. Fur sales have been pretty dismal since the pandemic began, as one Yellowknife trapper tells CBC he’s had to rethink how he sells fur. Over the summer auction, Nathan Kogiak said he sold less than 20 fur pelts as opposed to around 200 that he normally sells. (CBC)
The Yukon is known for its Klondike Gold Rush and now two Whitehorse musicians have created a musical about the era. During a month-long artist residency, Kevin McLachlan and Calvin Laveck created the project, which involves 16 songs and a 92-page script they made during that time. There’s still much work to be done before it hits the stage, but the duo are excited about eventually presenting their work to the public. (
Residents of Haines Junction experienced an earthquake Sunday morning, with a magnitude of 3.6. It hit about 14 kilometres west of Haines Junction shortly before 8 am that morning. Although it was a relatively small earthquake, about 17 residents reported it to the United States Geological Survey. (
Nunavut Independent Television and Isuma TV are launching an all-Inuit language TV channel, starting this Monday. Uvagut TV, meaning “we” or “us,” will broadcast 168 hours of Inuktut programming 24/7. (
Nunatsiaq News)
Last fall, we had the opportunity to visit Nahanni National Park Reserve and quickly realized how vast the national park really is. Read our feature on the Nahanni in our latest issue of Up Here. (
Up Here)
We also spoke to various northern tour guides and outfitters. They shared with us some of their favourite spots paddling rivers and what they love most about the North. (
Up Here)
With such diverse landscapes and features, the territories are an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise—for rock climbers as well. Check out some of the most incredible rock-climbing spots across Nunavut, NWT, and the Yukon and find out why the journey is just as special as the destination. (Up Here)

Akwesasne’s Shelby Mitchell-Adams is new to beadwork, but her first project is already purrfect. The filmmaker made a beaded floral vest for her cat Anna, who is apparently very easy going when it comes to her owners dressing her up. (CBC)
Photo courtesy of Shelby Mitchell-Adams. Anna is looking pretty dapper in her beaded vest. 


A Moscow man is claiming a new world record for swimming 85 metres under the ice of Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. The 40-year-old beat the previous record of 70 metres by South African Amber Fillary in 2019. (Swimswam)
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team says the Trump administration has done more damage than anticipate when it comes to addressing climate change. Biden officials say they have found deeper budget and staff cuts and more systemic elimination of climate programs than they originally realized. (
Scientific American)
If you thought polar bears lived in Antarctica then you’re wrong. But some are suggesting we relocate them there, as the Arctic (the actual home of the polar bear) sees more melting sea ice. (

The North Pole has an entirely different name in Kalaallisut, as one Twitter user points out. @tulugatsiaq tweeted that the word for North Pole is "Qalasersuaq avannarleq," meaning the Great Northern Belly Button. (Twitter)
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