“The North through a different lens” True North Rising: Author reflects on political history of the North in new book — CBC News

The book is a compelling read. Best of all it’s a love story…” — Book review, Jim Moore, The Millstone News

A Warm Arctic Welcome for Whit Fraser and True North Rising

Whit’s recent visit to his old haunts in Iqaluit and Yellowknife brought out old friends and colleagues; he was recognized on the street, in the airport, in the coffee shop, and each time was greeted with a warm hug. Read Article

Massey College Toronto Hosts an Engaging True North Rising Launch

Massey College Toronto Hosts an Engaging True North Rising Launch

Host Tom Axworthy, Distinguished Fellow, Munk School Of Global Affairs And Public Policy, presents Whit to an appreciative audience for a brief reading and a question and answer session.

What people are saying about True North Rising

True North Rising is really a deeply moving love story—for a place, a certain woman, a family of friends and colleagues, and a set of principles and aspirations. I couldn’t put it down.

Elizabeth Hay

author of Late Nights on Air, Giller Prize winner

For half a century [Whit Fraser] has been Canada’s “Northern Storyteller,” a tough and elegant reporter, at times an activist, and always, always one who believed in the Far North, its people, and its vital importance to Canada and the world.

Roy MacGregor

author of Canoe Country: The Making of Canada

I have enjoyed the read immensely. As one who never travelled the north and only mildly involved with the politics of the north and its peoples I have learned more about our history in a few hours with your book than I ever did in past years.  Thank you so much.

Glenn B. Powell

Oakville ON

Congratulations Whit. Your book is better than a “good read”– it’s a “very fine read”. Many of the characters/ leaders you introduce I too knew or met during my career. Many of the issues/ subjects/stories that you relate I am familiar with. I found all of your recounting of history that I am familiar with to be dead accurate career. Your postscript re the issues today is spot on.

James Moore

career public servant on Northern issues

It is a very compelling read. The emotion, love and respect for individuals, passion for the injustices and obvious sense of belonging come through in every chapter. Well done.

Elly Alboim

Ottawa ON

Whit, just finished reading your book. Took a while to get it away from my wife. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. You certainly bring the characters alive and the book presents a whole new perspective on what has happened and what is happening in the north. All in all an excellent book.

John Brehaut

Charlottetown PEI

I really enjoyed True North Rising. Loved all the stories, people, moments, issues – it was a powerful mix of events and perspectives, yet packaged in such an engaging, familiar, warm manner – as if I, as reader, was invited into this intimate space and granted a privileged opportunity to sit down with an ole’ storyteller to hear his life journey(s). This book, Whit, is a real gift that you have given Canadians (and beyond)

Diz Glithero

Chelsea QC

I have, with great interest, completed reading your book.

I, have never before been exposed to the issues which confront our northern countrymen/women that you have presented to me in the book.

I shall view matters with a new and perhaps cleared lens thanks to yourself and your observations and feelings. Thanks for the book and the eye opener.

Bill Sinclair

Stellarton Nova Scotia

About Whit Fraser, Author of True North Rising

Whit Fraser, former chairman of the Canadian Polar Commission, former executive director of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and former CBC journalist. His work took him to every community in Canada’s three northern Territories and much of the circumpolar world. He covered some of the most important stories to the today’s Arctic region, including the McKenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, Constitutional negotiations that enshrined aboriginal rights in the Canadian Constitution of Canada; Aboriginal Land Claims from initial concept and demands through to the final Agreements.

BOOK WHIT FRASER FOR A READING OR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT – Contact Whit Fraser on Facebook or by email

Buy your copy of True North Rising on

True North Rising is available at the following bookstores:

Books on Beechwood
35 Beechwood Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1M 1M1


Perfect Books Ottawa
258 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9


Mill Street Books
52 Mill Street
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0


Ben McNally Books Toronto
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5H 4B2


Algonquin College Book Store, Pembroke
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON K8A 0C8


Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Road
Peterborough, ON K9J 5K4

Bookmark Charlottetown
172 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4B5


Bookmark Halifax
5686 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 1H5


The Yellowknife Book Cellar
4921 49 Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N9


Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0


15-2 Tugliq Street, Box 599
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, X0C 0G0


The Yellowknife Bookseller
4921 49 Street, PO Box 1256
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N9

Meet the Author

Public Events

Event: Algonquin College Speaker Series Presents… Whit Fraser: True North Rising
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Where: Algonquin College Pembroke Campus, 1 College Way, Pembroke, ON K8A 0C8

Tickets RequiredRegister and purchase online

Event: Book signing & reading
When: Saturday December 7, 2018 from 2-4pm
Where: Tivi Boutique, Kuujjuaq Quebec

Event: Books on Beechwood
When: Sunday December 2, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Where: Table 40 at Fraser Café, 7 Springfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 1C8
About: book reading, discussion and dinner

Event: Ottawa introduction of True North Rising
When: Saturday November 17, 2018 from 2-4 pm
Where: Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2R1
About: reading, questions, public welcome


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