What do they know anyway?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

 Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut


Tomorrow is our last day in Qikiqtarjuaq. Our plan is to try to get to the DEW line to do some final shots out on the land with Jaypootie, Pauloosie and Lavinia, but it doesn’t look promising.


The sky is getting cloudier and cloudier and the day is getting greyer and greyer. Horrible shooting weather any way you look at it.


I’ve been checking the Environment Canada site for the Sunday forecast since this morning and it’s predicting more of the same.


I’ve run into Lavinia when I’ve been out and about in the community today. But each time I expressed my doubts about the weather, she tilted her head up towards the sky, studied the clouds, looked back down at me and said not to worry, it will be fine.


“But how do you know?,” I asked.


“I know,” she said. “I’ve told you my father taught me to read the clouds. I can tell.”



“But I checked the Environment Canada site,” I said. “They say it’s going to be horrible weather.”


“But what are you listening to them for,” she said. “They don’t know anything about the North.”


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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