Stuck in Iqaluit

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Iqaluit, Nunavut – We’re stuck in Iqaluit today because there’s no flight to Cape Dorset until tomorrow. I spend the entire day working the phones trying to reschedule interviews and figuring out how to cram what was planned as a five-and-a-half-day shoot into a two-and-a-half-day shoot.

I speak to Jimmy, the awesome translator I’ve mentioned in previous posts, several times. He said Liina, the translator he suggested as his replacement, has been called away to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and that she won’t be in town either.

That means we have no translator in Dorset who specializes in translating for the artists.

I’m beginning to realize getting to Cape Dorset will be only half the battle. The rest will be making this shoot work.

We’ll just have to see what happens when we get there.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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