Katherine Barton

Katherine Barton is the digital senior producer for CBC North, based in Yellowknife. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology. Katherine has worked in the CBC newsroom since 2012 as a TV producer, court reporter and newsreader.

Latest from Katherine Barton


This Inuk woman has never met anyone with the same name: Qitupana

CBC North is doing a series on the history and significance of Inuit names. Millie Qitupana Kuliktana calls herself a "lonely character" because she's never met anyone else with the name "Qitupana."

This man was named after an 'outstanding' Inuvialuit leader

CBC North is doing a series on the history and significance of Inuit names. Albert Elias's grandparents named him after a revered leader in Tuktoyaktuk, who was known as a hunter and provider.

This Inuvialuit woman was 'gifted' her aunt's name: Mimirlina

CBC North is doing a series on the history and significance of Inuit names. Shirley Elias was named after her aunt, who was named after her great-grandmother's friend, Mimirlina — a man who was a talented sewer and had 'kindest soul.'

What's in a name? How a government project forced surnames on Inuit

Project Surname, a government program put in place to rid Inuit of identification numbers, forced them to choose family names, which were not common in their culture. "Project Surname was the end of Inuit culture in terms of naming our children," says Peter Irniq, former commissioner of Nunavut.

How Inuit honour the tradition of naming, and spirits who have passed on

Many Inuit believe spirits are passed on through names, and that children can take on the personality and physical traits of their namesakes. Naming is a significant tradition, that holds great honour and respect.

N.W.T. Minister Katrina Nokleby stripped of cabinet portfolios

N.W.T. Premier Caroline Cochrane says she no longer has confidence in Katrina Nokleby. She said "it was imperative to take action" and remove Nokleby from cabinet.

Health records found at Fort Simpson dump may have been stolen: report

The Northwest Territories’ privacy commissioner’s investigation into medical records allegedly recovered at the Fort Simpson landfill in 2018 point to someone stealing the files from a health and social services building in the community.

Why this 'language geek' provides hundreds of Indigenous language tools for free

Chris Harvey is the man behind languagegeek.com, a site that provides keyboards and fonts in more than 100 Indigenous languages. He's made it his passion to provide Indigenous people with access to minority languages, calling it a human rights issue.

What are the northern lights?

Most people know that the aurora borealis are a scientific phenomenon happening in space, but do you really know what causes them?

Keepers of the Language: Gwich'in host's 'sole mission' is to preserve language

CBC host William Firth was only a teenager when his grandmother told him that he would never have a wife or family — that wasn’t his path. CBC is profiling language keepers to acknowledge the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Diiginjik K'anaatii Kat: Digwitr'it gwizhit diiginjik k'anaatii gwizrih akoo t'idi'ii

CBC geenjit gwitr’it t’agwah’in William Firth, chaa k’eejit nilii dài’ vitsuu akòo diyahnùh, duuyeh nitr’iinjòo gòo nizheh k’oo gwiheelyàh – aii t’at veenjit gòo’aih kwàh.

Why Canadians should brush up on their geography of the 3 territories

Northerners are used to flubs when it comes to the territories: is Yellowknife in Yukon? Is it Yellowhorse? Are they provinces? A Canada Research Chair says there's good reason for Canadians to look to the North.

How much do you know about Canada's 3 territories?

Practically everyone who lives in Canada’s three territories has heard these types of questions before: Do you live in an igloo? Is it dark all the time? Are there any roads up there? Let's see how much you really know!

How this Alaskan woman is bringing back the art of Inuit tattoos

The ancient tradition of Inuit tattoos is seeing a modern revitalization. While some artists have gone modern, using tattoo guns, Holly Nordlum hand stitches or hand pokes the intricate Inuit designs.

Hundreds of century-old photos of Inuit travelling the North

Between 1903 and 1909, a police officer and his wife took more than 1,000 photos of Inuit and their way of life in Fullerton Harbour, Nunavut, and Churchill, Man.