northwest territories

What a special night to be out on the ice watching the aurora flicker across the sky. I could still hear the beat of drums from the New Year’s Eve drum dance celebration in town. Happy New Year - I can’t wait to find out what 2016 has to offer. Tulit’a, Northwest Territories, Canada.


physicsfun Acasta Gneiss: this polished sphere is a sample of the oldest known rock on Earth- dated at 4.03 billion years old based on multiple radiometric dating techniques. This rock is only found in the Northwest Territories of Canada and was collected by Yellowknife resident Mark Brown. 


The Gap by Morgan Swant
Via Flickr:
The always beautiful Little Doctor Lake with a Canadian Icon on it`s shores. Gus and Mary Kraus were relocated here when the Nahanni became a national park. Imagine waking up to this every morning. Their homestead has since been taken over by Ted Grant; owner of Simpson Air and Nahanni Mountain Lodge who has been keeping this gem in the natural way that Gus and Mary had wished when they handed over the property to Ted


O Canada,
Our home and native land.

Tuesday night did not disappoint! I checked for aurora just before 1am and was so happy to see some activity! I quickly rushed to get my mom up (who is visiting from Wisconsin) because she hadn’t yet seen any really good aurora. We got outside just in time to see the sky come alive! I didn’t even have a chance to get my camera ready as we watched bright whites, greens and pinks absolutely fly across the entire night sky - rippling, arcing and exploding. The first 10 minutes were some of the best aurora I have ever seen. There was then a small lull and I ran back in to get my camera. This is the first shot I took when I got back outside. Since I have a 5 month old baby who often needs to be fed at night, I couldn’t go far from the house. But I still managed to get some nice shots that night while also taking a 15 minute nursing break! That’s a first for me. 😁 I’m so glad my mom and I got to see such a great display - and it will likely be one of the last we will see before the midnight sun dominates the night sky. Tulit'a, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Indigenous Influences in Canada's Name and Provinces

The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec. For lack of another name, Cartier used the word “Canada” to describe not only the village, but the entire area controlled by its chief, Donnacona.

The name “Quebec” comes from the Algonquin word for “narrow passage” or “strait”.

Ontario acquired its name from the Iroquois word “kanadario”, which translates into “sparkling” water. The earliest recording of the name Ontario was in 1641 where it was used to describe a mass of land on the north shore of the easternmost part of the Great Lakes.

The name is believed to have originated with Cree term “Man-into-wahpaow”, meaning “the narrows of the Great Spirit”, which describes Lake Manitoba and how it narrows significantly at the centre.

The name of the province comes from the Cree name for the Saskatchewan River, “Kisiskatchewanisipi” or “swift-flowing river.” The modern spelling was adopted in 1882 when the area became a district of the North West Territories (it would later become a province in 1905).

In the Inuit language of Inuktitut, Nunavut means “our land”. Nunavut became Canada’s third territory when it was officially separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999.

The territory’s name probably comes from the word “Yu-kun-ah” meaning “great river.”