Tips for Travelers: Richard van Camp

The Premise:

Four million people live above the Arctic Circle and many more make up the world’s northern cultures.

For those of us who are travelers, visitors or guests, going north may feel like a trip into the unknown. Perhaps you are wondering how to prepare for life way up there.

So what do northerners and north-lovers say about making the trek? I’ve been asking around.

The Question:

You meet someone who is traveling to the north for the first time. What advice do you have for them?

Each installment will introduce you to special people, and you’ll learn from their experience.

Richard van Camp

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Richard van Camp: Mark Mushet Photography

Community: Richard is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Occupation: Writer

Advice:

Always bring gifts and be ready for anything! That’s my only advice.

That’s never steered me wrong and it’s always led to the best adventures.

Mahsi cho* for asking!

(*Thank you very much)

About: Richard is an inspiration, pure and simple. He is one of the first people that I met in the north, back when I spent time at Dechinta, a bush university in Dene territory near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Richard is warm, inclusive and positive, and his prolific writing is change-making.

If you want insight into northern life and culture, I recommend reading some van Camp:

The Lesser Blessed (now a film with a thrilling trailer)

Godless but Loyal to Heaven

– Children’s books, comics, and a lively social media presence.