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National Geographic Explorer

Lindblad Expeditions: Northwest Passage bound

After writing so much about the Arctic and paddling a few of its rivers, I am ready to realize a dream: "For just one time, I would take the Northwest Passage . . . " I'll be a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Explorer on a 25-day voyage from west to east through the famed passage.

Greystone Books: Paddlenorth in 2014

My book, "Paddlenorth: A Journey into the Heart of the Tundra," will be published by Greystone Books in the fall of this year. It is the story of my 54-day canoe trip on Nunavut's Back River back in 2005.

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up here: The Hungriest Holiday

"During a grim yuletide on Great Slave Lake, a team of starving explorers yearn for the gift of survival." This is the story of George Back's first Christmas as commander of an Arctic expedition. Appointed by the British Admiralty, he was tasked with finding the Thlew-ee-choh, now called the Back River, and following it to the Arctic coast.

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Wilderness and the Imagination

It's been three years since I defended my master's in creative non-fiction writing at the University of Victoria, and since then I've done a lot more thinking about wilderness - about how it is both a real place and a construction, how it has its own essence regardless of where we find it. So on this three year anniversary of my defense, as my manuscript makes the round of publishers, I wanted to share Sherwin Arnott's analysis of my work, from 2010.

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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.

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.

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.

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