Eye on the Arctic launches “Bridging the Divide”

Earlier this year I travelled to Nunavut and Nunavik in the Canadian Arctic with our crew, cameraman Alfonse Mondello and soundman Jean Cayouette, to film stories for Eye on the Arctic’s 2011 Arctic Health Series.

Our latest report from this project has just been launched on the Eye on the Arctic site.

It’s called “Bridging the Divide” and it explores how aboriginal Canadians in the Arctic are changing health and well-being in their communities for the better, often against overwhelming odds.

Here’s the description of the piece:

The challenges of delivering health care in North are myriad. The southern-based health system in place in the North is not always able to respond to the needs of the predominantly aboriginal population in a way that reflects their culture and language.

But in places where aboriginal health care workers are in place, the effect has been profound. They’re able to provide health services in local languages and incorporate their own culture into their work.

In “Bridging the Divide”, Radio Canada International journalist Eilís Quinn travelled to Nunavut and Nunavik in the Canadian Arctic to interview patients and Inuit health workers for their thoughts on improving health and well-being in their communities.

 To watch the documentary report, click here.

And for Eye on the Arctic’s French-speaking visitors: Friday, I visited Radio Canada International’s french-language current affairs show Tam-tam to speak with guest-host Gilda Salmone about “Bridging the Divide.”

To listen to our conversation, click here.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

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 an 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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