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CBC The Sunday Edition: The Whale’s Choice

October 7, 2012: In this documentary, listeners share the extraordinary experience of being nose to nose with a humpback whale in...

up here: Father Joseph Buliard

Summer 2012: ‘He came and dwelt among us.’ Meet Father Joseph Buliard, a missionary whose arrival in the Garry Lake region...

Living Out Loud

CBC Living Out Loud: Almonte Clock Tower

May 18, 2012: In part one of this episode, Bells and Whistles, we hear from Ron Caron at Almonte's Clock Tower about how he restored the clock and what he hopes for its future. We also meet an apprentice who hopes, one day, to take the reins.

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up here: Arthur Moffatt

When Arthur Moffatt set off for the Barrenlands in 1955, he envisioned a land of plenty. He was plenty wrong. This story captures some of the history of the Moffatt expedition on Nunavut's Dubawnt River.

Tapestry on CBC

CBC Tapestry: Landon Coleman

This documentary style profile of singer-songwriter Landon Coleman is an exploration of faith and music. Landon Coleman may seem like another indie musician in a jean jacket, but he is bringing the good news to a bar near you.

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Cottage Life: DIY Maple Syrup

I thought that making my own maple syrup would be easy and romantic. I would tap that gorgeous old maple and boil it down. How hard could it be? Read about the mess I made and the results in this issue of Cottage Life magazine.

In Town and Out

In Town and Out: CBC Radio One

March 17, 2012: A tape talk with CBC’s Michael Bhardwaj about Almonte’s historic clock tower. Ron Caron has been looking after...

Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud: CBC Radio One

December 2, 2011: Producer Steve Wadhams created this re-vision of my New Tribe documentary. His radio magic with my tape and...

In the Field: CBC Radio One

November 8, 2011: New Tribe was rebroadcast on this program which “celebrates the art of the radio documentary.” Visit the documentary’s...

Erin Freeland Ballantyne

CBC The Sunday Edition: New Tribe

Find out what happens when you take a land-based course about indigenous governance and decolonization and add the Royal Family's newest celebrities, Will and Kate. This radio documentary takes listeners to Dechinta Bush University on Dene Land in the Northwest Territories. The main character, Erin Freeland Ballantyne is the visionary behind this project, and she works closely with young leader Kyla Kakfwi Scott.

up here: What I Learned at Bush U

Teaching looks a lot like learning at Dechinta Bush University. This isn’t any old campus. The school is located at Blachford Lake Lodge, 25 minutes east of Yellowknife by float plane on the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

Back and Beyond

Lake Journal: Back and Beyond

Five friends and I completed a 54-day canoe expedition on Nunavut's Back River in the summer of 2005. I was ready to be tested, but I never imagined the combination of grief, beauty and disaster that would push me to the limit and leave me with a new understanding of the wild. I wrote this essay at the Banff Centre's Literary Journalism program in 2005.

Arcticamag.ca

June 2010: Excavation Digging down through layers of northern experience.  And going back in time. This essay pulls apart the strata...

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Writer, broadcaster, wilderness guide, naturalist

I am a writer, a broadcaster, a wilderness guide and a naturalist. My passions include communications, wild places and radio journalism. On this site, you will find a bio, a portfolio and a way to get in touch with me. I hope you will.

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