The Next Thing to God
Stuart Hodgson and the Birth of the Modern Arctic
Readings in Part Three of this title, entitled "Emperor of the North" discuss Hodgson’s growing power and influence in the communities of the Northwest Territories. Topics discussed include the 1967 Canadian centennial, the first Arctic Winter Games, and visits from the royal family and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Jake Ootes is a former reporter who was the Northwest Territories Director of the Territorial Department of Information, responsible for all government public affairs and communications. In 1995, Ootes was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and later appointed Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. He retired from politics in 2004 and now owns and operates Celista Estate Winery in British Columbia.