About this blog

It seems strange to start a blog in 2019, but I’m doing it. Northreads will feature articles and reviews of books, new and old, that are about Canada’s North, with a heavy emphasis on the Eastern Arctic and the N.W.T. The goal is create the ultimate reading list for people who want to know more about Canada North of 60. (Sorry Yukon, that’s just kind of a different thing.) If you’d like to contribute or complain, get in touch.

Update, April 18: I’ve been invited to do a semi-regular books column about this blog on CBC NWT’s The Trailbreaker, which means you might hear me on the show with Loren McGinnis from time to time, talking about these reviews (but get the scoop here first).

About me

A farm kid from Saskatchewan, I moved north to Iqaluit in 2004, then west to Yellowknife in 2013. I’ve been reading about the North ever since. I’ve also worked as a reporter in print, radio and (yes, it’s true) television, including a long stint with CBC North. @writer_minogue


Sarah Swan is a freelance art writer who moved to Yellowknife from Winnipeg in 2017. Her bylines include The Winnipeg Free Press, Maclean’s Magazine, Canadian Art, Galleries West, and more. She has published poetry with Turnstone Press, Parameter Press, and CV2, and a few embarrassing short stories with Broken Pencil.

Got a northern book you’d like to review? We welcome guest posts, especially rebuttals. saraminogue @ gmail.com.

One thought on “About this blog

  1. Thanks for this awesome blog, Sara. I relate to this post as a white southerner who has had a fascination with Canada’s Arctic from a young age. I too went to NWT/NU for a job, adventure, money, a change of pace…and definitely relate to Sandra’s CBC post and this book’s message. It’s 100% true. However, I always viewed it as a positive thing for me being an outsider in my own country. I think it’s a feeling MORE southerners and non-Indigenous Canadians should experience and embrace. We act today like it’s us v. them, Inuit v. southerners, the have and the have-nots, that we need to struggle over jobs, power, money … and I just feel like ugh, can we not take ourselves out of the driver’s seat? We all have a stake in the direction of Canada’s North, but Inuit need to be the drivers. I’m hopeful this will change.


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