Churchill Hudson Bay
A Guide to Natural and Cultural Heritage
This publication outlines various aspects of the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Undertaken with the generous collaboration of visiting scientists and local residents, this book should be of interest to students and visitors requiring a general guide to the region. Focus has been placed on various themes including aboriginal history, the fur trade, the Hudson Bay railway, geology, paleontology, atmospheric science, the flora, Hudson Bay, and the abundant biodiversity of life: from sea urchins, to arctic terns, to belugas, to Churchill’s most famous citizen, the polar bear.
The community of Churchill and the Hudson Bay Lowland region is home to a diverse group of aboriginal and non-aboriginal residents including the Inuit, Cree, Dene, and Métis. The area is of great interest to scientists and visitors who have traveled to the region since the arrival of the Hudson Bay rail line. The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada have recognized its special heritage values through the designation of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (1979) and Wapusk National Park (1996).
The author, Lorraine Brandson is the Curator of the Eskimo Museum in Churchill and has a long term interest in heritage and environmental stewardship of Northern lands. A Churchill resident since 1973, she has authored two books on Inuit and Dene culture and serves as the photograph archivist for the Churchill-Hudson Bay Diocese. Lorraine has contributed to a number of northern initiatives, including Chair of the Working Group Committee that negotiated the establishment of Wapusk National Park (1996).
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