Beauty of the North
As an environmental consultant we are constantly put in the difficult position of working for and reporting to the mining companies and developers and submitting our results to the federal and provincial governments. Being out there in the remote wilderness opens your eyes to what more the region has to offer and protect. The people who live in these small northern communities are some of the nicest people, many of whom rely on the fishing, hunting and trapping industries to support their families, economically and physically. However, many of these communities need the support, education and new infrastructure to help with growing physical and mental health problems plaguing some communities. This generates a difficult battle and balance between development and protection of the land
The remote nature of our work requires a lot of preparation and planning in order to stay safe and work efficiently. Wildlife and weather are the biggest safety concerns, and when the nearest hospital is over 3 hours away on a gravel road, that means the stakes could be pretty high. More human encroachment on these wild areas means more animal and human interactions. Working in these wild areas often pulls back the curtains to show you the beauty of the landscape, the people around you and yourself. With minimal human interaction in your day and no cell phones or emails to distract you, you are able to connect with the people you are with and the beauty surrounding you. You become much more in tune with the changing weather, and yourself.
It’s an area of the province I encourage everyone to go experience as it will really change your perspective on what this province has to offer.
Author: Alija Bos, photographer and Environmental Consultant
As Alija explores the Canadian landscape he documents his travels and the environment.
He has a black and white dog and likes to ride bicycles and boards.