Aboriginal Day, 10 Years / by Pat Kane

I've been extremely fortunate to work as a photographer in Canada's North, telling stories through the places I see and people I meet. This month marks my tenth year as a resident of the Northwest Territories. I've essentially gone from a smart-ass twerp to still a smart-ass twerp with a incredibly close family of friends, a beautiful wife and a cozy little house. The North is my home now. 

From a professional standpoint, the main reason I've chose to work here is because I'm in love with the people: the Dene, Gwich'in, Inuvialuit, Inuit, Metis, Cree, Chipewyan and all indigenous people across our three Northern territories. This is your land and I'm happy to be a guest here. You've welcomed me into your communities and homes, shared meals and allowed me to photograph you. I'm proud that I make a living photographing indigenous life and culture in the North. We live in a beautiful part of the world and I hope to share more of your stories in the years to come. 

Below is a selection of images of the many great people I've had the pleasure of meeting along the way. I hope you enjoy them.

Mahsi cho and Happy Aboriginal Day.