Watchers of the North
In a place where winter temperatures fall below -30 on a regular basis, you have to know what you're doing in order to survive. So who better to patrol Canada's vast northern reaches than the people who have always lived there? Watchers of the North, a new six-part series, follows Canadian Rangers in two remote Nunavut communities. Combining traditional Inuit knowledge and contemporary military training, they perform surveillance, go on search and rescue missions, and mentor the next generation of Rangers.
Episodes
Ep 1
New Recruits
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Ep 2
Search and Rescue
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Ep 3
The Northern Warning System (NWS) Patrol
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Ep 4
Arctic Presence Patrol
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Ep 5
The Junior Rangers
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Ep 6
The Fishing Derby
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New Recruits
Three new recruits see if they have what it takes to become the newest members of the Canadian Rangers, reservists in the most remote parts of Canada's Arctic. (1 of 6)
Search and Rescue
A realistic Search and Rescue exercise brings out difficult memories for Rangers searching for a lost hunter. (2 of 6)
The Northern Warning System (NWS) Patrol
Snowmobile breakdowns challenge the Gjoa Haven Rangers as they check on a radar station and an abandoned DEW (Distant Early Warning) line site. (3 of 6)
Arctic Presence Patrol
Snowmobile breakdowns and a Ranger falling sick threaten a seemingly routine patrol. (4 of 6)
The Junior Rangers
A revealing look into life in the far North among Inuit teenagers who join the Junior Canadian Rangers. (5 of 6)
The Fishing Derby
The Canadian Rangers test ice safety before the whole town head out for the annual spring fishing competition. (6 of 6)
Interview
Female rangers from Taloyoak (Rebecca Aklah second from the right).
Photo Credit: Sam Tulurialik
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