Arctic
Operational
Histories

Canada’s First Eastern Arctic Patrol, 1922

Operational Histories, No. 9

To assert sovereignty over Canada’s northern territories, the federal government initi­ated an annual patrol to the eastern Arctic to establish and maintain police posts. The first patrol in 1922, led by civil servant J.D. Craig with master mariner Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier at the helm of CGS Arctic, carried Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables and various technical staff into the Arctic Archipelago. The firsthand accounts in this volume offer poignant insights into the expedition, narrating what happened from various perspectives as well as revealing the values, ideas, and goals of these men in their own words.

Edited and Introduced by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Grace Chapnik.

WHITNEY LACKENBAUER, Ph.D., is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University, and the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG) based in Yellowknife. Whitney is an adjunct professor at the Center for Arctic Security and Resilience at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Mulroney Institute for Governance at St. Francis Xavier University. Previously, he has been Killam Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Canadian Forces College, and a Fulbright Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. He has (co-)written or (co-)edited more than fifty books and more than one hundred academic articles and book chapters. His recent books include The Joint Arctic Weather Stations: Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-1972 (2022); A History of the Canadian Rangers of Quebec: 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2022); The Canadian Armed Forces’ Eyes, Ears, and Voice in Remote Regions: Selected Writings on the Canadian Rangers (2022); Lines in the Snow: Thoughts on the Past and Future of Northern Canadian Policy Issues (2021); On Thin Ice? Perspectives on Arctic Security (2021); Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic (2021); and China’s Arctic Engagement: Following the Polar Silk Road to Greenland and Russia (2021). He is married with three children.

Grace Chapnik holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, which she received at Trent University in 2022. She has received numerous undergraduate History awards, including the Alan Wilson Prize (the Trent University Department of History’s highest honour). Her recent publications include an academic article entitled “Tainted Love: Gendering Illicit Sex in Early Modern Europe.” She is currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Lackenbauer on various projects related to the history of the Canadian North.

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