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Whit Fraser Broadcaster and Author. A Former CBC News reporter, he covered the changing north from Colonial rule to enshrining indigenous peoples rights in Canada’s Constitution.
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Whit Fraser Broadcaster and Author

Good Luck, and far flung assignments allowed Whit Fraser to see Canada’s Arctic as few others have. A Former CBC News reporter, he covered the changing north from Colonial rule to enshrining indigenous peoples rights in Canada’s Constitution and creation of Nunavut.

After broadcasting, Fraser became Chairman of the Canadian Polar Commission and later, Executive Director of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national Inuit organization.

His award willing and best memoir, True North Rising, documents the remarkable changes that took place over the past fifty years. He describes it as “an eyewitness account of courage, reliance, and commitment by “young radicals who changed the north and Canada.” Among them, was Fraser’s wife of 30 years, Canada’s Governor General, Mary Simon.

Many reviewers said the book is a “must read” if one wants to understand today’s North.

True North Rising details pivotal events like the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry under Justice Tom Berger, where Fraser’s team of exceptional Indigenous broadcasters- changed Northern radio by producing daily reports in English and six Indigenous languages.

Whit Fraser is also the author of a novel, The Cold Edge of Heaven, set in the Arctic in the 1920s when Canada was asserting Soverienghty without knowing the people who lived there.

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Growing up In Nova Scotia in the 40’s and 50’s hiding books was not even considered. The public library was the censor -- I hope I don’t have outstanding fees.

Favourite line? Well most used is from Robert Service- Cremation of Sam McGee- “ A promise made is a debt unpaid”.

What wakes me at night—add, all the time I am writing? Typos- every sceond word hs a Tipo

Pottery-- I know in a past life- or a future one- I was or will be a potter. By now old hands and bad eyes have drawn the line for this one. Besides I have more books I want to write.

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