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Residential school runaway remembers harrowing journey that killed his two friends

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Bernard Andreason, then and now. Andreason, left, at 11 years old, when he attended Stringer Hall in Inuvik. He’s now 56, and lives in Vancouver (right). (CBC)

‘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

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Bug Out Bag System

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A forest fire burns near Kelowna, BC, 2013.

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

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With little vegetation, deep crevices in the rocks, and its remote location, the area around MacKay Lake, N.W.T., can be dangerous for hunters. (submitted by Colin Patrick)

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

A starving wolf stalked a woman and her dog for 12 hours. Then along came a bear.

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Joanne Barnaby, left, is reunited with Tammy Caudron after 18 hours in the Canadian bush.

June 17, 2016

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

Brian Koonoo. Photo: CBC News.

Brian Koonoo. Photo: CBC News.

‘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

“I thought I was going to die.” School girl who was lost on West Coast mountain tells her story

Leanne John, the 15 year old girl who became lost during a school field trip, is flanked by loving and relieved parents Gloria and George John. The spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa about their ordeal on March 11. Photo by Denise Titian

Leanne John, the 15 year old girl who became lost during a school field trip, is flanked by loving and relieved parents Gloria and George John. The spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa about their ordeal on March 11. Photo by Denise Titian

By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, March 12, 2015

Ahousaht — Leanne John, 15, was taking part in a school field trip in the rugged and remote Bedwell Valley when she went missing March 3 during a hike up the mountain. The Maaqtusiis school student spent a night alone on the frozen mountainside. This is her story.

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

Flint Identification

by Army Stinger 150, Uploaded on May 27, 2011

Identifying Flint to use with a striker. Flint or Chert can be easily identified by it’s color, fracture pattern, and luster. You may have to look closely at the potential piece of Flint or Chert as it will most often times be covered by the white outer matrix material. Therefore you will need to look closely for chips or breaks in the rock to identify it as a potential Chert node.

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How to Make Feather Sticks: Dry Tinder in Wet Weather

by InnerBark Outdoors

Tinder is the foundation to fire making, but when its wet out, the ability to find effective tinder can be hard. With a little know how, and a good knife, you can start a life saving fire in any condition. Practice in a controlled environment before you take this out in the field like any survival skill.

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Bow Drill Fire: Complete Step by Step

By InnerBark Outdoors

This is a how-to on how to make a fire using the bow drill method. This method has been around for thousands of years, and is one of the best ways to make a fire without matches, lighter, or fire steel. While you may not use this technique often, it is something that should be learned and practiced.

 

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BOB the Bug Out Bag

by Warrior Publications, Jan 5, 2014

How not to pack your Bob Out Bag; US soldier overburdened with high tech gear and weaponry.

How not to pack your BOB; US soldier overburdened with high tech gear and weaponry.

A Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a pre-packed bag of personal survival items that can be grabbed when you must quickly depart a location during an emergency. The bag must be light enough for you to carry over long distances, yet contain enough items to sustain you for up to at least 72 hours (3 days). The typical weight of such a pack is between 30 to 40 pounds. Once you have assembled the bag, take it out on hikes and camping trips to ensure that it works, that it’s light enough to be carried over rough terrain, and that the items contained in it are both durable and necessary. Read the rest of this entry