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Self-isolation reading: stories of people and communities making a difference

Need a break from coronavirus news? These are some of our favourite Narwhal pieces from the past year

Every day brings with it new developments on the coronavirus crisis. And while its critically important to stay informed, sometimes we all need a break from the bad news. Here, The Narwhal shares some of our favourite solutions-based pieces about those striving to bring about positive change. For more of these kinds of stories, sign up for our newsletter.

Meet the young Indigenous organizers working to bring together ceremony and activism in Alberta

Veronica Fuentes and Nigel Robinson are members of Beaver Hills Warriors, a youth collective working to refocus climate discussion around Indigenous perspectives. “There’s a “life sustaining nature to our worldviews,” Fuentes says. “And I think that’s something we can teach the Western world something about.” Read more.

Heiltsuk rising: inside the cultural resurgence of one B.C. First Nation

Jess Housty Bella Bella Heiltsuk

In a series of stories and videos, The Narwhal explored how the Heiltsuk members have fought to resurrect their culture and traditions. That includes the recent opening of a historic big house and a planned land-based healing centre. The First Nation also wants to create an Indigenous Marine Response Centre in order to speed up action in the event of an oil spill.

Thaidene Nëné heralds a new era of parks

Ethan Rombough looks over the lake

For decades, establishing a park in Canada meant removing Indigenous people from their traditional territories. In Canada’s newest national park — Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve — the Łutsel K’e Dene will hunt and fish, work as guardians of the territory and show off their land to tourists. Read more.

After oil and gas: Meet Alberta workers making the switch to solar

Kyle Bauer

Alberta’s oil and gas workers can be underrepresented — or even maligned — in conversations about an energy transition in Canada. The Narwhal met with three former oil and gas workers to learn more about their lives and personal reasons for transitioning to solar. Read more.

‘Beyond what our instruments can tell us’: merging Indigenous knowledge and Western science at the edge of the world

Climate Tuktoyaktuk Community-based monitoring Werokina Murray

Residents of remote Tuktoyaktuk — which may become the first community in Canada to relocate due to coastal erosion and sea level rise — are taking climate data gathering into their own hands. Read more.

‘Serengeti of the north’: the Kaska Dena’s visionary plan to protect a huge swath of B.C. wilderness

Tanya Ball Taylor Rhodes Kaska Dena

The First Nations that have lived in the north for thousands of years are out to prove that a conservation economy and extractive economy can thrive side by side — but first they need the B.C. government to get on board. Read more.

Life after Chinook: a West Coast fishing community looks to reinvent itself

Nolan Fisher on his boat at Port Renfrew marina

In the small fishing community of Port Renfrew, B.C., people who have made their livelihoods off sport and commercial fishing are coming to terms with new restrictions introduced this spring by the federal government, and thinking hard about what comes next. Read more.

Meet a Blackfoot elder who worked for 20 years to showcase Writing-on-Stone to the world

Áísínai’pi, home to the highest concentration of rock carvings and paintings on the Great Plains of North America, was designated as Alberta’s first World Heritage site in 25 years because of the Blackfoot stories that surround it. Read more.

Arik Ligeti is The Narwhal’s audience engagement editor, with a focus on growing a dedicated community of members and readers.…

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