Whit Fraser - Journalist

Whit Fraser


Whit Fraser is a natural storyteller. A journalist, executive—and now the author of True North Rising—he has experienced every Arctic community from Labrador to Alaska.

Whit Fraser’s association with Arctic Canada began almost fifty years ago. His experience includes broadcast journalist, a term as Chairman of the Canadian Polar Commission, and one as Executive Director of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. His work took him to every community in Canada’s three northern territories and much of the circumpolar world. He believed in the 1960s that he had stumbled upon the best story in Canada—and that’s still true today.

Whit covered the remarkable events that shaped today’s Arctic, including the McKenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, Constitutional negotiations that enshrined Aboriginal rights in the Canadian Constitution of Canada, and the Aboriginal Land Claims from initial concept and demands through to the final Agreements. He also produced documentaries on the creation of Nunavut Territory. Presently he is voluntary chair of the Arctic Children Foundation and provides communications advice to Canadians for a New Partnership—dedicated to Reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and all other Canadians. His memoir, True North Rising, chronicles his years working as a CBC journalist in Canada’s North and the changes he witnessed in those years.