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Caitlin Author Launches Book and Documentary about the Canadian Arctic

Posted: October 8, 2009

Caitlin Press author Dianne Whelan will be celebrating two milestones on Tuesday, October 13 as she screens her new NFB documentary, This Land, as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival and launches her first book, This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic, two hours later.

Whelan's book and film detail her experiences travelling to the Canadian Arctic to document a Canadian sovereignty patrol in the spring of 2007. She accompanies members of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Rangers on a dangerous 2,000-kilometre journey to raise a flag at Ward Hunt Island, the northernmost tip of Canada and only 684 kilometres from the North Pole. 

Whelan was the first woman to accompany the Rangers on this never-before patrolled route of the northwestern coast of Ellesmere Island, and she had to endure gruelling conditions and many mental and physical challenges to complete the trip. The book and film discuss both the political significance of the Canadian High Arctic and the impact of climate change on the area.

You can see This Land at the Vancouver International Film Festival on Tuesday, October 13 at 6pm at the Empire Granville 7 Theatre and directly afterwards attend the This Vanishing Land book launch at Lux at Caprice (967 Granville Street) at 8pm. This Land will also be screening on Thursday, October 15 at 4pm. For tickets to the screenings and more information about the film, visit http://www.nfb/viff. For more information about This Vanishing Land and the book launch, visit

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian photographer and journalist. She has a degree in political theory from McGill University and documentary film production from Capilano University. She is currently in pre-production for her next book and film project, 40 Days at Base Camp, which will take place at 17,000 feet on Mount Everest in the spring of 2010. Whelan lives on BC’s Sunshine Coast.