The Next Generation of NWT Geologists

Young northerners are breaking new ground and getting geoscience information out to NWT residents. Meet Rebecca Canam and Dawson Stone — two Yellowknifers studying at universities in the South and who have been working for the Northwest Territories Geological Surveys (NTGS) over summer. This year, Rebecca and Dawson independently collected data for their undergraduate thesis projects and presented their research at the 2018 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum. 

Dawson, a Sir John Franklin graduate and current University of Alberta student, spent seven weeks helping to map bedrock and investigate various mineral deposits. It informed his undergrad thesis, which focuses on obtaining relative ages of some of the oldest rocks in the Northwest Territories.

Rebecca, a Physiology Graduate from McGill, is currently pursuing her second degree at UBC in Geological Sciences. She spent several weeks in the field mapping at both the Jolly Lake and the Nonacho Lake projects. She has taken this experience and findings and applied it to her undergrad thesis on the structure, origin, and age of a unique rock formation.