A Look Back at 2016 / by Pat Kane

A boy takes a moment to watch the last fireworks go off while a drum dance takes place inside the community hall in Deline, NWT. This year Deline signed a self-government agreement in an historic step forward for indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories. 

A boy takes a moment to watch the last fireworks go off while a drum dance takes place inside the community hall in Deline, NWT. This year Deline signed a self-government agreement in an historic step forward for indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories. 

A lot happened this year and I was lucky enough to catch some great moments on camera. Here's a look back at 2016 in some photos that I shot for clients - and a few just for myself. Some highlights: traveling to NWT communities for a project about cultural and environmental conservation (which I'm not going to show you here, you'll have to come to my photo exhibit at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife between Jan 16th-30th to see those); doing some work for CBC North, Reuters, PhotoLife, Monocle, Coca-Cola; and continuing on projects with the City of Yellowknife and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

I also had some great time with family and friends this year when we visited The Netherlands, Germany and Iceland. But probably the best part of 2016 was that I photographed a squirrel trying to steal a cigarette while standing next to a beer can (see below). 

Thanks to all my clients, colleagues, collaborators, family, friends and, of course, the people who allowed me into their lives to talk, share and photograph them. I look forward to the year ahead. Here's to a great 2017 for all of us!