CBC Radio's The House: The North Rising
Here's what's on this week's special episode of The House
On this special edition of The House: The North Rising:
A housing crisis in the Northwest Territories
Autonomy and self-determination in the North
It wasn't that long ago that the territories were internal colonies of the federal government, where an appointed commissioner and bureaucrats in Ottawa called the shots.
The House looks at the journey each territory took toward responsible, representative governments. Join Chris Hall and Juanita Taylor as they explore the path to province-like powers through the stories of the people who were there.
The House takes you into the spotty world of connectivity in Nunavut, the only region in Canada that relies on satellite connections known to fizzle out at the slightest of weather changes.
Trump's final push in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its coastal plain are now at the centre of one of Donald Trump's last acts as U.S. president. Last week, his administration moved to sell oil and gas drilling rights in the area, stoking longstanding concerns from Gwich'in in Canada and the U.S., that development there would harm the Porcupine caribou herd — and the Gwich'in way of life.
Ottawa opposes drilling in the refuge, as does U.S. president-elect Joe Biden. But with the possibility of activity in the region before the year is out, can the Canadian government do anything to stop it? And what's at stake for a pristine wildlife reserve caught in Trump's last-ditch effort to advance his agenda?
Dana Tizya-Tramm, Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Yukon, joins The House to share his perspective from the frontlines of the battle.