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The revival of Inuit tattooing, a historical look at an expedition on Mount Logan, a history of the rat-infested Lyubov Orlova cruise ship and a legendary dance competition in Arviat, Nunavut, have all been the subject of longform reporting by CBC North. (CBC - image credit)
The revival of Inuit tattooing, a historical look at an expedition on Mount Logan, a history of the rat-infested Lyubov Orlova cruise ship and a legendary dance competition in Arviat, Nunavut, have all been the subject of longform reporting by CBC North. (CBC - image credit)

From time to time, our reporters find a story that calls for a bit more reporting than the daily news.

Find all of our longform journalism here.

High tech: How mountaineers used early GPS on Canada's tallest peak

Pat Morrow
Pat Morrow

It was 30 years ago this week that climber Michael Schmidt and his team reached the summit of Mount Logan to collect data using something that was very new at the time — GPS technology.

Read the feature from June 2022.

More climbing stories from CBC Yukon:

Bringing Tara home

Submitted by Rolonda Niptanatiak
Submitted by Rolonda Niptanatiak

When Tara Niptanatiak was found dead in February, she was quietly buried in a Calgary municipal cemetery under a grave marker with the wrong name. Her family found out weeks later. Now they want to bring her body home to Nunavut.

Read the feature from May 2022.

The landlord's game

Walter Strong/CBC
Walter Strong/CBC

In August of 2021, CBC North reporters John Last and Sidney Cohen told the story of Northern Properties, and how one company came to dominate rental housing in the North. A followup story, 'It's not OK,' looked at people in Yellowknife who rent from the company, and who share a list of common grievances — and few alternatives.

Two followup stories completed this series:

Etched on the skin

Kate Kyle/CBC
Kate Kyle/CBC

Kakiniit, an ancient Inuit tattooing practice that was nearly lost when the Catholic Church banned it a century ago, is seeing a resurgence among Inuit women who want a deeper connection with their culture.

Read the feature from October 2021.

100 years of Treaty 11

Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada

The summer of 2021 marked 100 years since a treaty party traveled up the Mackenzie River signing the last of Canada's numbered treaties with the Dene, Tłı̨chǫ and Gwich'in communities of the N.W.T. Read more on the complicated legacy of Canada's last numbered treaty, from July 2021.

A second story looked at the impact the Treaty has had on some families in the North, who describe it as a turning point. From July 2021.

A lean landing

Graham Shishkov/CBC
Graham Shishkov/CBC

For northern fly-in communities, local airlines provide a vital service, bringing groceries, building materials and doctors. But with COVID-19 restrictions, major revenue streams reduced to a trickle. This is the story of how one northern airline was making it through, from December 2020.

Border Business

Anna Desmarais/CBC
Anna Desmarais/CBC

Ryan Shank made it his mission to make groceries more affordable for northern families in a pandemic. From December 2020.

A question of legacy

Victoria University Library (Toronto)
Victoria University Library (Toronto)

The story goes that James Evans, a visiting Wesleyan Methodist Christian missionary, invented the Cree syllabary for the Cree, but the Cree have their own stories of the origin of the syllabary — one that may have been whitewashed.

Read our story from June 2020.

Stories in stone

NWT Archives/Nicholas Tuele collection/N-2013-008
NWT Archives/Nicholas Tuele collection/N-2013-008

In the fall of 2020, CBC reporters John Last and Sarah Leonardis traveled to Kugaaruk, Nunavut, to mark the dismantling of a stone church that transformed the community, and held memories of its past.

The rise and fall of a small-town mall

An oral history of how Yellowknife's urban shopping centre went from a shopper's paradise to a cockroach-infested retail wasteland. From December 2019.

Into the abyss

Transport Canada
Transport Canada

To tell the full story of what happened to the MV Lyubov Orlova, a Russian cruise liner that was abandoned in St. John's Harbour nine years ago, reporter Randi Beers delved into some Soviet history, the secretive world of offshore financial schemes, and the checkered histories of two men named Oleg.

From November 2019.

Forgotten voyage

Alaska State Library
Alaska State Library

One hundred years ago, the SS Princess Sophia left Skagway, Alaska. The 364 passengers and crew on board never reached their destination. It's the worst maritime disaster in the Pacific Northwest, but it's almost been forgotten.

Read the feature from October 2018.

Dancing toward the light

Ed Ou/CBC
Ed Ou/CBC

A dance competition in Arviat, Nunavut, has become legendary, and a way to heal emotional wounds. Ed Ou and Kitra Cahana traveled there in 2018 to tell this story.

My language, my heart

Kate Kyle/CBC
Kate Kyle/CBC

Is it possible to save a dying language? In western Nunavut, four Inuit women are doing it. From June 2017.

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