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Introduction

"I have often been asked how people coming from tropical climes could bear the rigours of the extreme Arctic weather. It is really remarkable how human beings can accommodate themselves to various surroundings as they wander over the face of the earth." - Bishop Isaac O. Stringer, April 1928

Missionaries who ministered in Canada's Arctic faced incredible obstacles and challenges. This is the story of some of the Arctic missionaries in the late 1800s and early 20th century, including the bizarre and harrowing 51-day journey of Bishop Isaac O. Stringer, known as the "Bishop who ate his boots". With a diocese stretching across Yukon and Northwest Territories, from Herschel Island in the far north to Lake Athabasca in the south, the journeys of these Arctic missionaries are legendary pieces of Canadian History

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