The Great Fort Smith Landslide of 1968

“It was almost like watching a big snake crawling underneath the ground as the wave went by.” Toni Heron still has nightmares about the day her neighbour’s house disappeared from the horizon, swallowed up by a sudden collapse of the same earth she had spent her childhood playing upon along the river near Fort Smith.

Bunch of Yahoos: 12 Peculiar YK Q&As

At some point in every internet user’s life, a stray click on a Google search result will have inevitably led them into the weird wild world of Yahoo Answers, a Q&A site known both for the often boneheaded and linguistically mangled questions posed there — most famously, perhaps, the much-memed “How is babby formed? How

Return of the Nerds: Ptarmicon Bounces Back

“We suffered by not having an accountant, probably.” There is nervous laughter. Maybe this is cathartic for Reigh-Leigh Foster, who has suffered the dread fear of anyone suckered into sitting on a board in the Northwest Territories. What happens when you volunteer to run something — and it goes wrong? Foster is the president of

The Meaning of Maps

Herb Norwegian remembers the first time he saw the entire territory of the Dehcho mapped out to include over 40,000 historical, cultural, spiritual and traditional land-use sites spread across the massive region. “It was like a dreamcatcher,” says the Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, who spent over seven years in the ‘90s interviewing

YK Patio Season 2016: A Guide to Eating (and Drinking) Outside

 As May winds to an end, it’s time for Yellowknifers to go all Mediterranean and start drinking and eating al-relatively-fresco. And this summer promises plenty of options for those inclined to consume outdoors. Though this year’s food truck fleet seems like it will be a diminished one, with Wise Guys sticking to their bricks-and-mortar location

Yellowknife’s Natasha Duchene Launches Kindred

This evening at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife musician Natasha Duchene launches her second album, Kindred. Recorded in Yellowknife over the past three months with violinist Andrea Bettger and cellist Anne-Marie Guedon, the eight-track release collects music Duchene has been working on over the past decade.    “I think the concept [for the album]

Paranormal North: Supernatural Beings You Might Meet in the Arctic

“Just because you don’t see something on a regular basis doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,” says Lucy Tulugarjuk. The Fort Smith-based actor, artist and mother has had a lifetime of close encounters with the unusual beings famous in Inuit folklore, from miniature people to shape shifters and even (possibly) a mermaid. “When I was young,

Battle at the Sandpits: YK’s Paintball Revival

The city’s boom-and-bust sport has always suffered short booms and long busts. This summer, it’s back — again. Rewind a decade and local paintball was a thriving scene. A sport’s health in the Northwest Territories is almost always directly linked to the puns in its tournament names (soccer’s Merry Kickmas, fastpitch’s O-Down). Paintball, with the

Spring Into Minimalism

The moment I woke up and realized I was living in a shoebox surrounded by the detritus of my nearly-40-some years on this planet was my window into enlightenment. Yes, I am that person: the packrat, the collector, the scavenger, the clutter-bug. If there’s a surface, I’m covering it with stuff. I’ll stop short of

Godson’s Latest Stage is a Lot

Yellowknife, where the stars sell reasonably priced cars. On a Wednesday afternoon with a few, rare, drops of rain in the air, Godson leaves his desk and steps out onto the lot. This patch of pavement is now his stage. Aaron Hernandez has been Yellowknife’s Godson for two decades, issuing around a dozen rap albums,

Walt’s YK: A History in Pictures

Kids balance on barrels, fish from the wharf, toss bocce balls; an old fishing boat rests on wooden planks; above the action, kites and planes and imaginary air balloons soar. Here’s government dock in the 1980s, vivid, alive and painted in an earthy style a little like a Northern Bruegel. To be sure, photos buried

Sharing Story and Image like Tea and Bannock

Stories and pictures go together like tea and bannock. At least, that’s the philosophy of the online collective of Indigenous women photographers who’ve banded together to share the words behind their artistry on the new website, Tea & Bannock. The network of seven core photographers was founded by Tenille Campbell of Sweetmoon Photography in Saskatoon,

Drink Up, Dress Up: The Glory Days of the Pinecrest Hotel

The infamous brawls of the Pinecrest Hotel in Fort Smith would whirl their way through the muck and mud of the unpaved roads, occasionally rolling past Lorraine Tordiff’s white picket fence or into her yard. But for the most part, the commotion had kept itself off her veranda and outside her front door; that is,

Holding onto the Hankie

For Leah Mandeville, much of the happiness of her childhood growing up in Fort Resolution can be tied up into one symbol: her grandmother’s handkerchief. “It’s nostalgic. It brings me back to how things used to be, to the innocence of it all,” she says. “You know the feeling. It’s always a pleasure to see

YK Artist’s Film in National Competition

It started with the ‘summer of smoke’ and the finding of an old treasure, but now artist Jen Walden’s first-ever film is up against eight others in the CBC Short Film Face Off. Painted Girl, a story about a young woman who is able to leave a volatile relationship after a strange package arrives in

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