Eye on the Arctic news round-up

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an announcement in front of students at the Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, February 23, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)A round-up of some of the most discussed Arctic news this week:

Canada

Education was is in the news this week. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Iqaluit, the capital of the eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut to announce $27 million dollars for adult aboriginal education in the North. Meanwhile, an interim report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommends that the history of residential schools and the effects they have had on aboriginals in Canada be taught in public schools.

Alaska

The Iron Dog snowmachine race got underway this week. And in a look ahead to the Iditarod on  March 3, a feature on the care and training of sled dogs.

Finland

Avalanche warnings go out across Finland’s Arctic province of Lapland.

Russia

In December, a nuclear submarine caught fire while undergoing repairs in Russia’s Far North. At the time authorities said no weapons were on board. But a recent report suggests the the submarine was actually armed.

Note: I’m off on a reporting trip next week. The Eye on the Arctic news round-up will resume when I’m back in April.

Write Eilís Quinn and eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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