Meeting a Canadian Icon


The translator was supposed to come meet us at 1pm but never showed up.

At 1:30pm he called and said he had an appointment and can’t come. But he said he would send over a replacement. ‘Replacement’ shows up at 2pm.

By the time we get to Kenojuak’s house, she’s already been waiting for almost an hour and is tiring quickly.

Still, she’s a gracious interview and a very powerful presence. Before leaving, I ask her if we can film her working on the drawing for just for a couple of minutes. She says she doesn’t have the drawing anymore. Her granddaughter already took it down to the studio to sell it.

Kenojuak say’s she’s too tired to start up another one, even if only for a couple of minutes.

We pack up our equipment and leave.

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)

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