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December 2015

Our final issue of the year highlights the movers and shakers of our region, from a woman preserving her language through social media, to a 28-year-old mayor in Nunavik, culminating with our Northerner of the Year. We’ll also explore a young family homesteading outside Wrigley, NWT, a comic book detailing a futuristic American invasion of Yellowknife, and a collection of Christmas tales from across the North. Check out the back page for a killer Northern four-course holiday feast as well. 

In This Issue

Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

Don't Worry, It's Not Rudolph

Celebrate the holidays with a genuine, Northern on-the-land feast

By Samia Madwar
Dec 15
2015
Downtown Cambridge Bay at the end of December. Photo by Herb Mathisen/Up Here

Fireworks in a Blizzard

New Year's Eve in Cambridge Bay

By Herb Mathisen
Dec 15
2015

The Sound of Silence

Summoning the ghosts of a Yellowknife mall

By Samia Madwar
Dec 15
2015
Photo by Pat Kane/Up Here

Quiz: What's the Yukon For?

Find out which Yukon bumper sticker is right for you.

By Eva Holland
Dec 10
2015
The Pellissey homestead is perched above the wide Mackenzie River. Photo by Daniel Campbell/Up Here

Homesteading: NWT

In today's Northwest Territories, few venture outside the comforts of a community to carve out their own lodgings. One family is breaking that mould.

By Daniel Campbell
Dec 07
2015
Image courtesy of Steve Skroce

Yellowknife, 2124 A.D.

In a new comic series, the U.S. invades Canada for its water. But a resistance swells above the 60th parallel.

By Tim Edwards
Dec 03
2015
Illustration by Beth Covvey

Peanuts and Molasses

From Scottish jigs and cheeky games to fresh jokes and new mitts, here are a few fond memories of the holidays North of 60.

By Up Here
Dec 03
2015
Natan Obed, 39, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Photo courtesy of ITK

Identity Crisis

What does it mean to be Inuk in 2015?

By Samia Madwar
Dec 02
2015
Jacey Firth-Hagen's #SpeakGwichinToMe campaign has garnered social media attention and re-energized the preservation of Gwich’in. Photo by Hannah Eden/Up Here

NOTY Shortlist: The Preserver

For helping promote the vulnerable Gwich’in language, Jacey Firth-Hagen has made our shortlist.

By Samia Madwar
Dec 01
2015
Candice Lys, left, and Nancy MacNeill are FOXY's founders. The costume-filled suitcase, known as Ruby, is a staple in their workshops. Photo by Hannah Eden

Up Here's Northerners of the Year: FOXY

They lure teenagers with free pizza. They listen to them. Let them swear if they want to. They answer questions about sex, relationships, health and politics. And that's how Candice Lys and Nancy MacNeill are helping the North's youth face the world.

By Samia Madwar
Dec 01
2015