The New Northwest Passage: A Voyage to the Front Line of Climate Change
In the summer of 2009 Cameron Dueck and the rest of the crew of the Silent Sound completed a journey created by fewer people than have climbed Mt. Everest they sailed through the infamous Northwest Passage. These waters are locked in ice normally, but due to climate change it out is currently possible to sail here for a few short weeks each summer. Their voyage from Victoria to Halifax carried them through raging storms and mechanical breakdowns and took them into sea ice that threatened to crush their hull. But moreover these were brought because of it face to face with modern Arctic life in tiny, isolated Inuit communities where the challenge of climate change is added to the already crushing load of social and financial woes. Each individual they met along the real way added their story to the colourful tale of life in the Arctic a distinctive place where the climate change experience is suffering from the ongoing and critical debates over sovereignty, resources and cultural assimilation.