Like an iceberg: on being a journalist in the Arctic

Join me as I remember my travels in the Canadian Arctic during the 1990s, a period when few journalists travelled as widely in the region.- Jane George

A date with Siku girl

“The iceberg needs to be broken. Even if it’s big, it will break. The only way it can get fixed is if you talk. We have to break the iceberg into pieces. Then things will come out. After the iceberg has crumbled, there’s a cleansing of the body. Everything will come out in anger and rage.” — Meeka Arnakaq of Pangnirtung, 1995

An iceberg melts in August off the shore of Baffin Island. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE) An iceberg melts in August off the shore of Baffin Island. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

Join me as I remember my travels in the Canadian Arctic during the 1990s, a period when few journalists travelled as widely in the region.

I started working on this tale back in 1996, thanks to a Canada Council Literary Development grant, and then put everything aside for more than 15 years as I worked for the Nunatsiaq NewsOn medical leave from the newspaper since October 2013, I’ve had the time…

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