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The Lost Stories Project

Though it closed two years ago, Ottawa’s Southway Inn will live on by way of public art and film as part of a Canada 150 project. In 2017, the Lost Stories Project is bringing to light four little known stories from Canada's past. From the North to Ottawa’s Southway Inn tells the story of the Southway and the many Northern customers who stayed there for more than 50 years. First Air had a hand in this decades-long connection as its employees were among the first to stay at the hotel, then recommending it to others. The Southway became a gateway to the south for northern Inuit, hosting Pauktuutit’s Annual general meetings for many years as well as Nunavut Land Claims negotiators. Inuit travelling to Ottawa for medical and family reasons recall the hotel’s willingness to store country food in the restaurant’s freezers and paying no mind to the fish swimming in the bathtub! This summer sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen and filmmaker Mosha Folger are teaming up to tell the Southway story with a public artwork and a documentary. Van Heuvelen is an emerging urban Inuk artist whose sculptures playfully engage with ideas about Inuit culture and identity. Ottawa-based Mosha Folger has several award-winning documentaries and stop-motion animation works to his name. The artwork will be unveiled at a celebration on September 7 at the former Southway Inn location. For more information about Lost Stories and the Southway Inn project, visit: www.loststories.ca.

Southway Inn, flying the Nunavut flag on the far right. © Henry Walsh

From the Red Couch: What does Canada mean to you?

Cold air fills the nostrils as we leave the airport in Whitehorse, Yukon. Clear skies in minus 30 temperatures. In the North, the sky seems to be more blue and the snow more white. The redness of the couch stands out even more against the snowy backdrop. The red couch rolls through the airport to the cargo hangar. It travels with us wherever we go, like a suitcase. Yukon is the final stop of the Red Couch Northern Tour which began three weeks earlier in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to celebrate Canada’s 150 Anniversary. We are a team of four with a mission: to capture Canadian stories. During the 21 days on the road, the Red Couch team rolled through communities in all of Canada’s Territories. There is only one question to answer in one minute: What does Canada mean to you? More than one hundred individuals shared their story including Sandy Silver, Premier of the Yukon; Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit; and many others. Mark Prins in Whitehorse spoke about the power of living together in a community. Laura Amy in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories, gave a powerful testimony encouraging Canadian indigenous women to pursue their dreams. These are examples of truly Canadian stories spoken from the heart. This might be the most democratic Canadian couch, embracing Canadians from all walks of life. There will be more to come this summer as the Red Couch continues its coast-to-coast journey to honour Canada’s 150th Birthday. The Red Couch Tour is a Canada 150 Signature Project funded by the Government of Canada. More information is on www.redcouchtour.ca and social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @redcouchtour. A B OV E & B E YO N D — C A N A DA’ S A RC T I C J O U R N A L

Caribou Legs in Yellowknife, NT. © ELPIO Production

Johnny Issaluk and Louis-Philip Pothier in Iqaluit, Nunavut. © ELPIO Production

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