Since ancient times when humans first experienced the incredible hardships of Canada’s north, dogs were there too, fighting with us to survive. They were hard workers and good friends who asked for little in return. Now, Northern communities are caught between modern and traditional worlds, and dogs have lost their place. What were once working dogs are now unemployed dogs; new technology and a shift away from a nomadic lifestyle have eliminated the need for dogs for survival alone. With the changing role of dogs and a lack of veterinary services to take care of them, there was great potential for suffering unless urgent action was taken to address the situation.
Against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and unique communities and characters, North Paws shows how a small group of people can make a positive difference in their community and beyond to improve the livelihood of resident dogs. Their stories, both personal and universal, will take viewers deep into the heart of the life in the North, this very special part of Canada that so few of us get to see.
Time spent on the North Paws website (Northpaws.ca) will not only enhance the experience of the film, it will reward the visitor with a new experience altogether. A special world will call and welcome you as you watch the new videos, explore the timeline or listen to stories about dogs in the North.
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Niva the Malinois
with M.T. Kelly
Aria Evans, CMPA Trainee
Courtesy M.T. Kelly
Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No 11 in A Major
By Handel Premiere Classics, Getty Images
Produced by BookShorts Literacy Program
With the support of Canadian Heritage, Canada Book Fund
Inspired by the book
By M.T. Kelly
Published by Exile Editions