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Voices North

With a background in community access media and media training, George Lessard has worked in print, broadcast radio and television and in educational media. He considers himself an artist in electronic and digital media. Born and brought up in Montreal, in Canada, his work has taken him to Toronto, Vancouver, Banff and Calgary; Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife NWT (where he currently lives); Salluit, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and Arviat, Nunavut. He's been posted internationally to Beijing, China; Nassau, the Bahamas; La Paz, Bolivia; Butare, Rwanda; Chelyabinsk, Russia and Berhampur, Odisha, India. These days in Yellowknife, he's producing live webcasts and YouTube videos of community events and mentoring young photographers around the NWT.

Blog - Voices North July 6
George Lessard | Canada Without Poverty denounces Income Tax Act as violation of freedom of expression and assembly in address to the United Nations.
Blog - Voices North July 2
The Salt Plains of Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada ©20
George Lessard | Wood Buffalo National Park was listed as a World Heritage Site over 30 years ago for its globally unique and important ecosystems.
Blog - Voices North June 3
Rally Against Fracking in the NWT
George Lessard | Fracking Action North Rally Against Fracking in the NWT video
Blog - Voices North April 24
George Lessard | UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on adequate housing - 16th Meeting, 28th Regular Session HR Council
Blog - Voices North March 19
Former Justice Thomas Berger opens "Thunder in our Voices" exhibition
George Lessard | Between 1975 and 1977, Justice Thomas Berger visited 30 communities in the NWT and the Yukon to hold hearings into the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. In this video, he speaks of those days.
Blog - Voices North March 14
STAND UP Against C 51 in Yellowknife, NWT
George Lessard | Stand up against Bill C-51 in Yellowknife, NWT.
Blog - Voices North November 29
George Lessard | Auditor General: Nutrition North Canada does not verify if consumers benefit from subsidy “There is no indicator to measure whether the full subsidy was being passed on to consumers”
Blog - Voices North October 23
NWT Legislative Assembly's flags are at half mast
George Lessard | "...Canadian and Northern resolve [will] continue to be stronger then ever..."
Blog - Voices North October 19
Northern Native Broadcast Access Program
George Lessard | "...a comprehensive survey of communications in the circumpolar region, focusing on the Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic but also looking at the circumpolar North..."
Blog - Voices North September 7
Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus (left) and NWT RCMP Sgt. Barry Ledoux (right)
George Lessard | VIDEO: AFN commission on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women; RCMP policing in the NWT
Blog - Voices North May 25
George Lessard | Terry Rudden Sunday, May 25 at 10:39am · YouTube “…Northern friends – anyone notice a very peculiar word about halfway through this sketch?…” at 4:19
Blog - Voices North May 11
George Lessard | Northern Property REIT largest multi-family residential landlord in each of the NWT, Nunavut and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Blog - Voices North April 18
George Lessard | all [Yukon] employers who have successfully participated in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Labour Market Opinion process
Blog - Voices North April 18
George Lessard | A new blog by Jane George about her work with Nunasiaq News in Nunavut and Nunavik
Blog - Voices North April 18
George Lessard | NWT employers who have successfully participated in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Labour Market Opinion process
Blog - Voices North March 12
George Lessard | NWT Elders’ Parliament: an opportunity for elders across the NWT to assume the role of an MLA
Blog - Voices North March 7
George Lessard | Folks in the NWT are wondering which NWT MLAs what to run in both the 2015 federal and territorial elections.
Blog - Voices North February 5
"YUKON 1953 undated license plate before tab addition" Image via Flickr  by Jerr
George Lessard | Are the Yukon Legislative Assembly and its select committee willing to understand that fracking is not safe and that regulations, no matter how excellent, will not make it so?
Blog - Voices North January 26
James Henry Bell Facebook profile image
George Lessard | Don’t ya #justlove #journalism? Nunavut no longer Canada's #colony. It needs to end its own deprivation @jameshenrybell #oped in @globeandmail
Blog - Voices North November 8
Eddy Weetaltuk Illustration via/thanks to/from: Avataq Archaeology on Facebook
George Lessard | On Remembrance Day we pay respect to the memory of Eddy Weetaltuk (1932 – 2005), an Inuit veteran from the Korean War.
Blog - Voices North November 8
Maude in Yellowknife
George Lessard | Please join the Council of Canadians’ NWT Chapter for a thought-provoking evening with Council of Canadians’ National Chairperson Maude Barlow, one of the world’s foremost experts on water.
Blog - Voices North November 2
George Lessard | "... indigenous peoples in Canada blocking fossil fuel developments are taking the lead in combatting climate change..." Chomsky
Blog - Voices North October 19
Global Frackdown Event in Yellowknife NWT
George Lessard | Video of event organized by the NWT Chapter - Council of Canadians
Blog - Voices North October 18
Dene Nation NWT
George Lessard | The Dene Nation stands in full support of the Elsipogtog community and leadership in their defence against fracking and shale gas development within their traditional territory.
Blog - Voices North October 4
George Lessard | "… Caribou pizza. Muskox burgers. Arctic char loaf. … they’re actually the foods that the children of Arviat, Nunavut, reject…"
Blog - Voices North October 4
George Lessard | "...The Pangnirtung Greenhouse Corporation is seeking funds to construct two 42' Geodesic Greenhouse Domes in Pangnirtung, Nunavut..."
Blog - Voices North October 3
Elder's Christmas Feast in Arviat, Nunavut
George Lessard | Despite being many hundreds of kilometres from the nearest farm, yes it is possible to eat local in the North.
Blog - Voices North September 6
George Lessard | The scholarship was established in 1990 to encourage aboriginal Canadians to enter the field of journalism. It is in memory of Gillis Purcell, general manager of The Canadian Press from 1945 to 1969.
Blog - Voices North September 5
Council of Canadians' NWT Chapter Logo
George Lessard | NWT Environmental Rights Act states that “every person resident in the Territories has the right to protect the environment and the public trust.”
Blog - Voices North August 30
George Lessard | Idle No More Hay River NWT greets Prime Minister Harper on his northern tour