New research yields berry interesting results on Salal berries
by Valerie Shore, University of Victoria,
Move aside blueberries, cranberries and strawberries, there’s a new contender for the title of healthiest berry for us to eat. And you won’t find it in the grocery store.
Recently published research led by University of Victoria plant biologist Peter Constabel shows that salal—a wild berry common to coastal areas of western North America—is an antioxidant superstar, packed with higher levels of health-promoting plant chemicals than most other berries out there. Read the rest of this entry
Residential school runaway remembers harrowing journey that killed his two friends
‘At the time, as young kids, it sounded good … like we were going to make it in a day or 2’
By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 21, 2017
When the highway connecting Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk year-round finally opens in November, Bernard Andreason hopes to be there.
But it will be a celebration tinged with loss and regret. Read the rest of this entry
Bug Out Bag System
by Sakej Ward, July 9, 2017
Considering the wild fires in BC and the provincial state of emergency, I know their is a lot of our people wondering how to prepare for such an emergency. I want to help out, a little bit, by providing a packing list for a Bug Out Bag System, think of it as a evacuation bag list. If you are in a threatened area and may have to face the threat of a wild fire start to prepare now. Hope is not a strategy! Read the rest of this entry
‘The barrenlands are not a friendly place,’ says N.W.T. trapper after 2 searches in 1 month
Two searches have been launched in the past month near Mackay Lake
By Alex Brockman, CBC News, Feb 25, 2017
The barrenlands of the Northwest Territories have been known as a dangerous place for hundreds of years.
It’s unforgiving. There are few signs of vegetation beyond the treeline, treacherous crevices in the rocks and freezing winds bringing temperatures below —50. The Dene have traditional stories of people going in and never coming back. Read the rest of this entry
Highway closures in B.C. raise concerns about local food security during disaster
Experts say communities have between 3-5 days of supplies before more needs to be shipped in
By Andrew Kurjata and Ash Kelly, CBC News, Feb 15, 2017
A series of highway closures has highlighted how dependent B.C. communities are on regular shipments of food and supplies and raised questions about what would happen to that supply chain during a prolonged emergency. Read the rest of this entry
A starving wolf stalked a woman and her dog for 12 hours. Then along came a bear.
Joanne Barnaby was deep in the deadfall, smeared in mosquitoes and blood, dehydrated and near exhaustion, when she heard the call of a mama bear searching for its cub.
Barnaby couldn’t believe her luck.
Twelve hours earlier, she had been picking mushrooms in the remote Canadian wilderness when she had heard a growl behind her. She turned around and saw Joey, her faithful mutt, locked in a snarling standoff with a skinny black wolf. Read the rest of this entry
Missing Pond Inlet man walks safely into Repulse Bay
‘I am happy to be alive! Love you all,’ says Brian Koonoo on Facebook after week long ordeal
CBC News, May 20, 2015
Brian Koonoo, a 36-year-old man from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, walked safely into Repulse Bay Wednesday morning after four days of air and ground searches were unable to locate him.
Koonoo, who works for Parks Canada, originally set out on snowmobile from Pond Inlet on May 10. He arrived in Igloolik May 12 and spent the night before heading on to Hall Beach the next day, according to Nunavut RCMP.
He’d already travelled at least 450 kilometres when he left Hall Beach on May 13, en route to Repulse Bay. Read the rest of this entry
PDF: Where There is No Doctor
A PDF of the 2011 version of Where There Is No Doctor 2011 (click the link to download). This manual is 503 pages. A hard copy version can also ordered from the publisher.
From the introduction:
This handbook has been written primarily for those who live far from medical centers, in places where there is no doctor. But even where there are doctors, people can and should take the lead in their own health care. So this book is for everyone who cares. It has been written in the belief that: Read the rest of this entry
“I thought I was going to die.” School girl who was lost on West Coast mountain tells her story
By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, March 12, 2015
A group of about 20 school kids from Ahousaht went to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Bedwell Sound. It is the off-season for the resort and the school was using the base camp for their field trip.
Leanne, a Grade 9 student, was part of a group made up of students from grades 8 to 11. They were to spend four days in Bedwell Sound to learn cultural teachings from staff working at Ahousaht’s Holistic Centre. Read the rest of this entry
Land Shark Survival and Stealth Bivy Bag Review
Warrior Publications Note: The manufacturer of this bag claims it defeats FLIR thermal imaging. It also functions as an emergency survival bivy bag, and has reversible orange and camouflage sides. The bag retails for around $70. The following review is from CanadianWildernessSurvival.com.
by Canadian Wilderness Survival, Jan 2, 2015
I found this product on the internet one day while looking up some gear and was instantly intrigued. The Land Shark bivi , or bivy, is a small shelter made for one person that is designed to be an emergency shelter, but it has some neat benefits that no other bivi has!
The Land Shark is made from a 100% waterproof material which looks similar those blue tarps you buy from the hardware store, but is nothing like them The material is more like a rubber that has been sewn in such a way that makes it ripstop, ensuring that if you should get a hole in the bag it’s not going to tear further. This is the main feature of all ripstop materials, the entire product is sewn or fused with small interlocking squares and this prevents any holes from becoming tears under pressure.
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