In January 2017 I travelled to Elk Island National Park, Alberta, with writer Simon Lewsen to explore a bison relocation initiative for The Globe and Mail.
Once numbering in the tens of millions, North America's bison population was forcibly reduced to less than 1000 by 1890. Elk Island is currently at the centre of a revitalization strategy that recently sent 16 plains bison to Banff National Park, where they once freely roamed.
The story of bison in Canada mirrors a history of colonization. Once numerous, bison were nearly decimated due to the colonial mission. Now, human efforts strive to support the natural trajectory of the bison: one of bounty, ubiquity and growth.