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Hi everyone!

I promised ages ago to write a follow-up post to my first workshop piece on Life In Northern Canada. [livejournal.com profile] sageness and a few other folks had specific questions they wanted me to address, hence the sequel. If you're looking for more general topics about northern Canada, such as landscape and geography, weather, the role of the RCMP, shopping and dining, education and healthcare, I covered a lot of that material in the original post. However, I'm always happy to answer any questions you might have, or go into more specific explanations if you need them for a post-"Call of the Wild" story.

Again, I should make the caveat that I'm not an expert in Canadiana, and a lot of my knowledge is anecdotal. I grew up in a fairly large city in northern British Columbia, and so most of my observations come from spending summers in the communities further north, or taking trips around the region with my parents. Don't take anything I say as gospel, in other words, and if something doesn't sound right or you want me to clarify, please feel free to ask in the comments, or shoot me an email at nos4a2no9@gmail.com

Alright, on to the questions! Most of these are from [livejournal.com profile] sageness, because her brain is shiny like that.

1. Fraser's childhood: Canada in the 1950s and 1960s )

2. Teens and free time: what are the kids are doing? )

Which brings us to possibly the best question ever...

3. What about the sex industry? )

4. Is there a stigma of any kind attributed to being from the far north? )

5. What about the oil industry? )

6. How much racism, segregation, and integration is there between First Nations and whites in the community off the reservations? )

I wish I had something a little cheerier to end on. If you have a question that I haven't yet addressed, or you'd like to discuss some of these issues in more detail, please feel free to comment here. I hope some of this is useful for those of you trying to compose a post-CotW story. Or we could, y'know, talk in person at [livejournal.com profile] bitchinparty!
[identity profile] nos4a2no9.livejournal.com
Hi all,

A little while ago [livejournal.com profile] ximeria posted about writing fanfiction from different cultural/linguistic perspectives. [livejournal.com profile] ximeria is a fan from the Netherlands, and her post addressed some of the challenges she's encountered when writing American or Canadian characters for whom she has few cultural reference points. In my reply to her post I'd said that as a northern Canadian, I experience the dS fandom a little differently than folks from, say, Texas or California (or even Toronto or Halifax ). Our fearless leader [livejournal.com profile] sageness then asked if I'd discuss some of the less obvious aspects authors might want to consider when writing post-Call of the Wild stories set in Freezerland. So here we are! Consider this your primer post on writing post-Call of the Wild stories for due South!

But First, Some Qualifications )

The Culture of Northern Canada )

The Economy, Shopping, and Dining )

The Weather )

Education )

Healthcare and Emergency Services )

The RCMP and the North )

I've included some links below to blogs and other firsthand accounts of life in the Canadian north, as well as some handy research sites behind the cuts.

Blogs )

Other Resources )

Well, that does it for [livejournal.com profile] ds_workshop this week. I hope I've provided some useful information about various aspects of life in northern Canada, and I'm ready and willing to answer any questions you may have to the best of my limited ability. I'd like to do a second workshop post on northern Canada soon, and so if you have a question, a comment or you want me to explain something further please let me know and I'll include the answer in the next post. Good luck with those post-Call of the Wild stories, and please feel free to post questions or comments below.

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