Today’s the Big Day

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Weather: grey, snowy, dismal….

Cape Dorset (Kinngait), Nunavut – Well, today’s the big day.

I was able to set up a translator for our interview with Canadian artist and icon Kenojuak Ashevak for later on this afternoon. The translator will pick us up at the art studios at 1pm and we’ll all go to Kenojuak’s house together.

It almost seems too good to be true. Kenojuak is 82 years old. She hasn’t been up to many interviews in recent years. But she agreed to do one with us this afternoon and she agreed to start up a drawing so we can film her working on it as well.

In the morning, we film at Kinngait Studios. But at around 11am, a young woman and some kids come in. They unroll a drawing in front of studio manger Bill Ritchie. It looks very much just like the drawing Kenojuak Ashevak told us we could film her working on when we go to her house this afternoon.

Bill pays the woman and they leave.

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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 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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