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The The New Northwest Passage: A Voyage to the Front Line of Climate Change Paperback – International Edition, October 4, 2012
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My wife and I lived aboard our sailboat in Victoria,BC, during the author's trip preparations. I did hear about Silent Sound, but sadly we never crossed paths. I have been a sailor for over four decades and relate to many aspects of the joys and challenges of extended cruising, in unknown waters, sometimes with novices. Also, I have spent many years now travelling to the NWT, Yukon, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Labrador working with the Inuit in areas of mental health and social development. As is the case with many authors who I read, I was prepared to disagree with Dueck's insights about the Inuit people, as many non-aboriginals just don't "get them". But I found myself nodding and smiling at his assessments of life up North, and the generous character of the people. Over the years I may have had the chance to meet more healthy leaders, Elders, and youth than he did, and so I am more optimistic about their future. Nevertheless, I felt the author presented a fair and honest portrait of these remarkable people and their territory, and was really fortunate to have experienced the depth of their hospitality, and to share it with us in a compelling read.
The author manages to convey the risks well enough for me to think that the crew were all quite MAD, in the British sense of the word. But then, if it weren't for those who are willing to set out from the shore, we'd all know a lot less about our world, wouldn't we?
Although my family and I leave a rather small footprint, I wouldn't call myself an environmentalist. However, the author helps make the connection between climate change and survival for those who live in the remote communities of Canada's far north. Having grown up on the Canadian prairies one might not think I had anything in common with those living in Sachs Harbour or Tuktoyaktuk, but I found there was a similarity in the kind of hospitality the author spoke of, the simple "you're welcome to come to our house and do your laundry" sort of hospitality, and of course, the connection to the land for one's survival. Weather is everything for people who farm or people who depend on hunting/fishing for their survival. I wanted to meet those people and share a meal together - although perhaps not a meal of Beluga whale and caribou kidney. I could "feel" what it would be like to sit around the table and hear their stories.
What I found most surprising and fascinating is the way the author conveyed the realities of life on the Silent Sound during those months. This was also one of the reason why I am so thankful that I could enjoy this adventure vicariously.Read more ›
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Helpful book for those considering this journey. Interesting to hear from the people who live there in the Arctic. A wonderful story and a good read for adventurers.Published on February 7, 2013 by Virginia MacRobert