Jimmy Thomson

Freelance environmental journalist focusing on environmental stories

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    Thaidene Nëné heralds a new era of parks

    For decades, establishing a park in Canada meant removing Indigenous people from their traditional territories. In Canada’s newest national park — Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve — the Łutsel K’e Dene will hunt and fish, work as guardians of the…

    For decades, establishing a park in Canada meant removing Indigenous people from their traditional territories. In Canada’s newest national park — Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve — the Łutsel K’e Dene will hunt and fish, work as guardians of the…

    For decades, establishing a park in Canada meant removing Indigenous people from their traditional territories. In Canada’s newest national park — Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve — the Łutsel K’e Dene will hunt and fish, work as guardians of the…

    Jan 13, 2020
    What We Lost When Ghanimat Azhdari Was Killed in the Iran Plane Crash

    A petite Iranian woman stands before a roomful of hundreds of experts, in an Egyptian auditorium, wearing a flowing purple dress her mother sewed for her. International delegates at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity summit listen…

    A petite Iranian woman stands before a roomful of hundreds of experts, in an Egyptian auditorium, wearing a flowing purple dress her mother sewed for her. International delegates at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity summit listen…

    A petite Iranian woman stands before a roomful of hundreds of experts, in an Egyptian auditorium, wearing a flowing purple dress her mother sewed for her. International delegates at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity summit listen…

    Jan 10, 2020
    ‘She was absolutely adored’: Iranian scientist spent her life fighting for Indigenous voices in conservation

    Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with Indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This week, she died along with 175 others…

    Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with Indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This week, she died along with 175 others…

    Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with Indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This week, she died along with 175 others…

    Nov 20, 2019
    Rethinking the Colonial Mentality of Our National Parks

    Our nine-passenger Cessna drops 2,000 feet out of the sky as pilot Andy Brock descends into the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. Seen up close, the blurry and distant landscape resolves into full relief. What had been a low, rolling landscape of bogs…

    Our nine-passenger Cessna drops 2,000 feet out of the sky as pilot Andy Brock descends into the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. Seen up close, the blurry and distant landscape resolves into full relief. What had been a low, rolling landscape of bogs…

    Our nine-passenger Cessna drops 2,000 feet out of the sky as pilot Andy Brock descends into the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. Seen up close, the blurry and distant landscape resolves into full relief. What had been a low, rolling landscape of bogs…

    Nov 20, 2019
    Microplastics found in the stomach and intestines of Arctic belugas harvested for food

    In the North, where food prices are notoriously high, beluga whales are a staple community resource John Noksana, Jr., learned the many skills of harvesting beluga whales in his teens. He’s spent the intervening decades perfecting them. “I can…

    In the North, where food prices are notoriously high, beluga whales are a staple community resource John Noksana, Jr., learned the many skills of harvesting beluga whales in his teens. He’s spent the intervening decades perfecting them. “I can…

    In the North, where food prices are notoriously high, beluga whales are a staple community resource John Noksana, Jr., learned the many skills of harvesting beluga whales in his teens. He’s spent the intervening decades perfecting them. “I can…

    Nov 12, 2019
    The travel industry is selling us a myth about self-growth

    “Finding myself in India,” wrote the social media influencer Jack Morris on an Instagram post in March, captioning a photo of himself in a mock meditation posture and topping it off with an ironic laughing-crying emoji. Morris’s account, which is…

    “Finding myself in India,” wrote the social media influencer Jack Morris on an Instagram post in March, captioning a photo of himself in a mock meditation posture and topping it off with an ironic laughing-crying emoji. Morris’s account, which is…

    “Finding myself in India,” wrote the social media influencer Jack Morris on an Instagram post in March, captioning a photo of himself in a mock meditation posture and topping it off with an ironic laughing-crying emoji. Morris’s account, which is…

    Oct 31, 2019
    A gathering of guardians: Indigenous monitors convene for historic knowledge exchange

    In remote areas from the B.C. coast to Nunavut’s far north, Indigenous guardians and coastal watchmen are increasingly relied on to monitor landscapes, conduct search and rescue, gather environmental samples and document the impacts of climate…

    In remote areas from the B.C. coast to Nunavut’s far north, Indigenous guardians and coastal watchmen are increasingly relied on to monitor landscapes, conduct search and rescue, gather environmental samples and document the impacts of climate…

    In remote areas from the B.C. coast to Nunavut’s far north, Indigenous guardians and coastal watchmen are increasingly relied on to monitor landscapes, conduct search and rescue, gather environmental samples and document the impacts of climate…

    Oct 30, 2019
    Mining company secretly proposes to increase industrial shipping in Arctic marine conservation area

    The owners of one of the world's northernmost mines is telling investors it has plans to increase shipping capacity 50 per cent higher than what it’s telling the public. That could have major impacts for the narwhals who — until recently — enjoyed…

    The owners of one of the world's northernmost mines is telling investors it has plans to increase shipping capacity 50 per cent higher than what it’s telling the public. That could have major impacts for the narwhals who — until recently — enjoyed…

    The owners of one of the world's northernmost mines is telling investors it has plans to increase shipping capacity 50 per cent higher than what it’s telling the public. That could have major impacts for the narwhals who — until recently — enjoyed…

    Sep 12, 2019
    Canada’s major parties on all things environment, explained

    Canadians are more concerned than ever about the environment — it's emerged as a top issue in the upcoming federal election. So what are the country’s leadership hopefuls promising? Environmental issues are top-of-mind for more Canadians than ever…

    Canadians are more concerned than ever about the environment — it's emerged as a top issue in the upcoming federal election. So what are the country’s leadership hopefuls promising? Environmental issues are top-of-mind for more Canadians than ever…

    Canadians are more concerned than ever about the environment — it's emerged as a top issue in the upcoming federal election. So what are the country’s leadership hopefuls promising? Environmental issues are top-of-mind for more Canadians than ever…

    Aug 15, 2019
    Canadian taxpayers on hook for $61 million for road to open up mining in Arctic

    MMG Limited, a mining company controlled by the Chinese government, praised the public investment in Arctic infrastructure as biologists sounded the alarm about impacts on a dwindling caribou herd A proposed road connecting Yellowknife to the Arctic…

    MMG Limited, a mining company controlled by the Chinese government, praised the public investment in Arctic infrastructure as biologists sounded the alarm about impacts on a dwindling caribou herd A proposed road connecting Yellowknife to the Arctic…

    MMG Limited, a mining company controlled by the Chinese government, praised the public investment in Arctic infrastructure as biologists sounded the alarm about impacts on a dwindling caribou herd A proposed road connecting Yellowknife to the Arctic…

    Aug 12, 2019
    Indigenous Knowledge and the Future of Science

    Jean Polfus had a moment of clarity sitting around a long oval table in Tulít’a, a community on the Mackenzie River in central Northwest Territories. It started with confusion over a pair of Dene words. Goecha gots’anele. The words refer to a process…

    Jean Polfus had a moment of clarity sitting around a long oval table in Tulít’a, a community on the Mackenzie River in central Northwest Territories. It started with confusion over a pair of Dene words. Goecha gots’anele. The words refer to a process…

    Jean Polfus had a moment of clarity sitting around a long oval table in Tulít’a, a community on the Mackenzie River in central Northwest Territories. It started with confusion over a pair of Dene words. Goecha gots’anele. The words refer to a process…

    Aug 8, 2019
    In the age of misinformation, advocates call for Canadians to vote for science

    As U.S. President Donald Trump slashes science budgets south of the border, a coalition of Canadian organizations is campaigning for Canadians to put science on the agenda of this fall’s federal election Cue the lab coat-clad politicians with their…

    As U.S. President Donald Trump slashes science budgets south of the border, a coalition of Canadian organizations is campaigning for Canadians to put science on the agenda of this fall’s federal election Cue the lab coat-clad politicians with their…

    As U.S. President Donald Trump slashes science budgets south of the border, a coalition of Canadian organizations is campaigning for Canadians to put science on the agenda of this fall’s federal election Cue the lab coat-clad politicians with their…

    Jul 24, 2019
    A Canadian company’s mine waste is threatening a pristine Alaskan valley

    Last week, the Alaskan government issued a waste management permit to Constantine North, allowing the company to discharge waste water from an underground tunnel at its Palmer project, upstream of Haines, Alaska, and alongside B.C.’s…

    Last week, the Alaskan government issued a waste management permit to Constantine North, allowing the company to discharge waste water from an underground tunnel at its Palmer project, upstream of Haines, Alaska, and alongside B.C.’s…

    Last week, the Alaskan government issued a waste management permit to Constantine North, allowing the company to discharge waste water from an underground tunnel at its Palmer project, upstream of Haines, Alaska, and alongside B.C.’s…

    Jul 19, 2019
    Indigenous Guardians get $6.4 million to monitor traditional territories

    From tracking wildlife populations to reporting industrial pollution, more than 40 Indigenous Guardian programs across Canada are proving their value The federal government has boosted its investment in Indigenous-led conservation projects across the…

    From tracking wildlife populations to reporting industrial pollution, more than 40 Indigenous Guardian programs across Canada are proving their value The federal government has boosted its investment in Indigenous-led conservation projects across the…

    From tracking wildlife populations to reporting industrial pollution, more than 40 Indigenous Guardian programs across Canada are proving their value The federal government has boosted its investment in Indigenous-led conservation projects across the…

    Jun 27, 2019
    A deepsea ‘oasis’ is slated to become Canada’s biggest protected area

    An area four times the size of Vancouver Island is home to smoking vents, volcanic islands just under the water and a staggering abundance of life One morning in 1984, a pair of ships bobbed together in the swell 250 kilometres off the coast of…

    An area four times the size of Vancouver Island is home to smoking vents, volcanic islands just under the water and a staggering abundance of life One morning in 1984, a pair of ships bobbed together in the swell 250 kilometres off the coast of…

    An area four times the size of Vancouver Island is home to smoking vents, volcanic islands just under the water and a staggering abundance of life One morning in 1984, a pair of ships bobbed together in the swell 250 kilometres off the coast of…

    Jun 20, 2019
    Meet the scientists embracing traditional Indigenous knowledge

    From grizzly bears in areas undocumented by Western science to a possible new fast-running subtype of caribou, traditional knowledge is enriching scientific information about our natural world Jean Polfus had a moment of clarity sitting around a long…

    From grizzly bears in areas undocumented by Western science to a possible new fast-running subtype of caribou, traditional knowledge is enriching scientific information about our natural world Jean Polfus had a moment of clarity sitting around a long…

    From grizzly bears in areas undocumented by Western science to a possible new fast-running subtype of caribou, traditional knowledge is enriching scientific information about our natural world Jean Polfus had a moment of clarity sitting around a long…

    Jun 18, 2019
    Why we’ll be talking about the Trans Mountain pipeline for a long while yet

    The embattled oilsands pipeline has become a proxy battle, pitting the urgency of the climate crisis against near-term economic concerns The Trans Mountain pipeline has become an ant under a magnifying glass: the project has so much energy focused on…

    The embattled oilsands pipeline has become a proxy battle, pitting the urgency of the climate crisis against near-term economic concerns The Trans Mountain pipeline has become an ant under a magnifying glass: the project has so much energy focused on…

    The embattled oilsands pipeline has become a proxy battle, pitting the urgency of the climate crisis against near-term economic concerns The Trans Mountain pipeline has become an ant under a magnifying glass: the project has so much energy focused on…

    Jun 11, 2019
    How whale blubber is fuelling this soapmaker’s Inuit pride

    Bernice Clarke puts whale oil in her soap to celebrate her Inuit heritage, and it’s helping her reassert her identity and understand the medicines of her ancestors. But is it understood by the wider world? This is part five of Land Crafted: a…

    Bernice Clarke puts whale oil in her soap to celebrate her Inuit heritage, and it’s helping her reassert her identity and understand the medicines of her ancestors. But is it understood by the wider world? This is part five of Land Crafted: a…

    Bernice Clarke puts whale oil in her soap to celebrate her Inuit heritage, and it’s helping her reassert her identity and understand the medicines of her ancestors. But is it understood by the wider world? This is part five of Land Crafted: a…

    Jun 4, 2019
    An innovative Indigenous solution for smokeless smudging

    Misty Ireland invented a way to smudge indoors — even in hospitals — but now she has to face another taboo: a tradition that frowns upon selling medicines Smoke swirls up from the abalone shell in Amanda Baton’s hand. It hangs in the sunlit living…

    Misty Ireland invented a way to smudge indoors — even in hospitals — but now she has to face another taboo: a tradition that frowns upon selling medicines Smoke swirls up from the abalone shell in Amanda Baton’s hand. It hangs in the sunlit living…

    Misty Ireland invented a way to smudge indoors — even in hospitals — but now she has to face another taboo: a tradition that frowns upon selling medicines Smoke swirls up from the abalone shell in Amanda Baton’s hand. It hangs in the sunlit living…

    May 27, 2019
    A Gwich’in artist elevates Indigenous jewelry

    Tania Larsson is a skilled Gwich'in jeweller based in Yellowknife, N.W.T., working to put her culture's adornment in the international spotlight This is part three of Land Crafted: a five-part video series exploring entrepreneurship in northern…

    Tania Larsson is a skilled Gwich'in jeweller based in Yellowknife, N.W.T., working to put her culture's adornment in the international spotlight This is part three of Land Crafted: a five-part video series exploring entrepreneurship in northern…

    Tania Larsson is a skilled Gwich'in jeweller based in Yellowknife, N.W.T., working to put her culture's adornment in the international spotlight This is part three of Land Crafted: a five-part video series exploring entrepreneurship in northern…