The New Northwest Passage

The New Northwest Passage

A Voyage to the Front Line of Climate Change

Book - 2012
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In the summer of 2009 Cameron Dueck and the rest of the crew of the Silent Sound completed a journey made by fewer people than have climbed Mt. Everest; they sailed through the infamous Northwest Passage. These waters are normally locked in ice, but due to climate change it is now possible to sail here for a few short weeks each summer. Their voyage from Victoria to Halifax carried them through raging storms and mechanical breakdowns and took them into sea ice that threatened to crushtheir hull. But more importantly it brought them face to face with modern Arctic life in tiny, isolated Inuit communities where the challenge of climate change is added to the already crushing load of social and economic woes. Each person they met along the way added their story to the colourful tale of life in the Arctic; a unique place where the climate change experience is affected by the critical and ongoing debates over sovereignty, resources and cultural assimilation.
Publisher: Winnipeg : Great Plains Publications, c2012.
ISBN: 9781926531366
Characteristics: 256 p. :,col. ill., maps, ports. ;,23 cm.


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Aug 13, 2012

A good story written by the "captain". Details preparations and challenges and about halfway through starts to get into the communities they visit and the culture they find. Quite a bit of first hand knowledge and stories about living off the land. It paints an up to date picture of Inuit life, the struggles of sovereignty, natural resources and environmental change in the arctic. It become much more about the people they meet than the act of sailing.


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