From arsenic to exile, the people of Northern Canada have had to contend with circumstances that, at times, threatened their very existence.

In our series inspired by Canada's 150 celebrations, we show how families of the North have not only survived, but thrived.


Remembering Rocher River, the N.W.T. town that disappeared

Rocher River

Jimmy Thomson tells the story of the First Nations people of Rocher River, for whom the last 150 years marked both the development of a vibrant, modern community, and its much-lamented demise.


Yellowknife's toxic history through the eyes of the Betsina family

Muriel Betsina

Hilary Bird brings home the impact of more than half a century of gold mining and 19,000 tonnes of toxic arsenic trioxide dust on the Betsina family, members of the Yellowknives Dene.


I am Ta'an Kwä​ch'än: How a Yukon First Nation came back from the brink

James Miller

James Miller looks back into his own family and cultural history to learn more about his place moving forward as an Indigenous person, a Yukoner, and a Canadian.


'We called it 'Prison Island': Inuk man remembers forced relocation to Grise Fiord

Larry Audlaluk

Jane Sponagle recounts the forced relocation of Inuit to the High Arctic in the 1950s, and the impact the move had on Larry Audlalak and his family in the decades that followed.