“Our Spirits” – Launches Today

Today we’re launching “Our Spirits”, part II of Eye on the Arctic’s ambitious series examining health care in the North.

With Part 1 “Our Systems”, launched in May, we focused on the general state of health care in the North.

In “Our Spirits,” we’ve focused on mental health.

In Canada, the rapid transition from a hunting and gathering lifestyle, to life in settled communities has had a devastating effect on the mental health and well-being of many Arctic communities.

Drug and alcohol dependency are rampant and suicide rates in many Inuit regions are 11 times the national average.

As part of this discussion, Radio Canada International presents the documentary “Lavinia’s Story,” which chronicles how these issues have affected the life of one woman and her family.

Many Canadians are familiar with the shocking headlines but have never heard, first hand, how these issues continue to affect the lives of thousands of Inuit and First Nations families across the North.

Lavinia Curley hopes that by speaking out, she can help that to change.

To watch “Lavinia’s Story,” click here.  


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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