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Lyle Dick
Research Director for The Franklin Mystery: Life and Death in the Arctic


Lyle Dick

Lyle Dick at Fort Conger in Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut.

Lyle Dick has spent much of his career as a public historian in research, writing and publication on Arctic and Inuit history, as well as Canadian and American history and historiography. His published work on the Arctic has included the books Muskox Land: Ellesmere Island in the Age of Contact (University of Calgary Press, 2001) (Innis Prize, 2003); People, Caribou, and Muskoxen on Northern Ellesmere Island: Historical Interactions and Population Ecology, ca. 4300 BP to Present (with Micheline Manseau and Natasha Lyons) (Parks Canada, 2005); and numerous articles on the post-contact history of Canada`s Arctic and polar exploration history, including most recently “The men of prominence are ‘among those present for him’: How and Why America’s Elites Made Robert Peary a National Icon,” in Susan A. Kaplan and Robert M. Peck, North by Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2013), 3-38. He has also worked extensively with the Inuit community of Grise Fiord, Nunavut on his projects for Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada and Parks Canada’s Species at Risk Project on the Peary Caribou.

Lyle is the Past President of the Canadian Historical Association, 2013-14, President between 2011-13, and Vice-President, 2011-12; Member of the National Capital Commission's Committee of Experts on Commemorations for Canada's Capital, 2008-present; and Member of the General Advisory Committee, Canada History Hall Exhibition, Canadian Museum of History, 2013- present.