I Dare you... to talk about how Canada's first nations are leading our collective fight for the environment. I dare you to talk about their successes in protecting places like Meares Island off the coast of Vancouver Island and the gratitude we all need to have for that work, and how we can become allies in our own ways.
Vancouver BC, 2016 [Climate March]
I Dare You… to talk about about the ice roads that cross 5,400 km of Northern Canada. They are mostly used to resupply small communities and mining towns in the far north that would otherwise be fly in access only, and they are so important here. Global warming is changing things, the road wasn't delayed this year (2016/17) but temperatures were record warm and it was a worry. The territory is pushing for an overland road to be built starting next year on the most industrialized route to Innuvik, but ice roads won't be a thing of the past for a long time.
Yellowknife NWT, 2017
I Dare You ... to talk about the best side of a country that embraces diversity. In Canada we celebrate the commitments between two people, to care for and to share life going forward with each other, despite often coming from wildly different backgrounds. There are few nations whose citizens cannot look to Canada and see their own reflection. That two people regardless of their differences, regardless of their backgrounds, and regardless of their religious beliefs, can make a life together.
Pemberton BC, 2017 [Korean/Canadian Wedding]
I Dare You... to talk about Canadian astronaut and music legend Chris Hadfeild. He's inspired a generation of young scientists and explorers with his novel and children's book, and is a spokeperson as approachable as your neighbour of the great people working in Canada's Space Program.
Vancouver BC, 2016
I Dare You... to talk about Canada's RCMP forces and work they put in policing our small and remote communities. The sacrifices they make to be there away from their families, the the invisible work they do everyday to keep us safe.
Near Kluane National Park YT, 2017 [Photograph taken in an RCMP owned Cabin]
I Dare You... to talk about the need to protect Canadian Wildlife. Across the country people are encroaching on the territories of our big and small animals alike, biodiversity plays a huge part in keep ecosystems healthy and there are plenty of ways to be involved.
Whitehorse YT, 2017
I Dare You... to talk about Forestry. 1 in 16 jobs in British Columbia is tied to the forest industry, and 40% of BC’s regional economies are dependent on forestry.
I Dare You... to talk about our national sport and an inherent part of our identity as Canadians. Most Canadian's can remember where they were when we won a Gold medal in the Vancouver Olympics if they don't have memories of lacing up skates themselves. I dare you to talk about the accessibility of hockey as well as an elite sport. Can kids on Northern reserves play without access to proper equipment. What could Canada look like if hockey was made for all?
Calgary AB, 2013
I Dare You ... to talk about your winter childhood as a Canadian, sledding, or skiing, bundled in a one piece snowsuit, wet socks in cold boots, wood burning stoves, mittens drying over the radiators, and hot chocolate.
Sunshine Valley BC, 2015
I Dare You... to talk about the coastline, the dangers of the pipeline and the implications of increased tanker traffic up and down the coast mountains.
Victoria BC, 2016
I Dare You... to talk about the need for workers in agriculture industry; because of including an aging workforce, large seasonal fluctuations in employment, the rural location of many operations Canada now relies heavily on temporary or migrant workers to do much of the manual labour.
Claybank SK, 2013 [welding the bottom of a grain elevator]
I Dare You ... to talk about the celebration of equality that the pride parade brings each year to every major Canadian city. I dare you to talk about the how Canada led the way for North America approving same-sex marriage in 2005 with the passing of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act.
Toronto ON, 2012
I Dare You... to talk about the Canadian landscape the deep source of inspiration it has been to everyone; and specifically to artists. Ted Harrison painted this very scene decades ago in his work "Carcross Summer" and from the lakes of Ontario and the Group of Seven to the work of countless Coast Salish first nations, the Canadian landscape is one to reverie.