Iqaluit to Cape Dorset (Kinngait)- We finally made it to Cape Dorset. Our plane was late (of course it was). But we made it.

And in what can only be considered a good omen, who do we run across at the airport as we’re waiting for a lift to our Cape Dorset hotel?

Why Jimmy, the awesome translator, and renowned artist Kananginak Pootoogook on their way to Vancouver.

While Kananginak checked a big package of country food in at the baggage desk, Jimmy apologized; for not being available and for the fact that Liina was gone too. He said he’d left some notes for me at Kinngait Studios to help us out anyway.


From left to right; Jimmy Manning, Kananginak Pootoogook, and me.

He wished me luck with the story and rushed on to the flight with Kananginak.

I’m sorry to see them go. Kananginak, 75, along with Kenojuak Ashevak, 82, is one of only two original Kinngait Studio artists still alive. It’s hard to miss out on the chance to interview him– especially on film. He’s one of the most important Canadian artists of his generation and he gets far too little coverage.

Oh well. As they say, maybe some day.

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 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 violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

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

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."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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