Arctic Rangers
Project info

The following photography series documents the lives of Canadian Rangers while on patrol in the high arctic during the winter. Ranger patrols across the vast Canadian Arctic are regular exercises administered by the Canadian Armed Forces that provide training opportunities for members of the Ranger Patrol Groups as well as exert Canadian sovereignty over this incredibly large area of frozen land and sea. Temperatures regularly hit -55 with windchill while on patrol, making the use of igloos and tents necessary for survival. We carried all of our supplies on the back of qamutiks, traditional inuit sleds, including frozen caribou, seal and walrus meat, military ration packs, frozen vegetables, rice, stoves, needed supplies, and, of course, fuel. This short photography series looks at members of the Hall Beach and Igloolik Ranger Patrol Groups out on the land.