‘Arctic in Transition’ – Conference kicks off today

Université du Québec à Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

An international Arctic conference is underway today at Montreal’s Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The two-day meeting has brought together experts from Russia, Europe and North America to talk about the controversial issues facing the circumpolar world: energy exploration, indigenous issues, regional geopoltics and environment.

Eye on the Arctic blogger Heather Exner-Pirot was a panelist at the morning session “Geopolitics of Arctic Europe” and spoke about China in the Euro-Arctic region. To read a blog she wrote on this issue earlier this year, click here.

Upcoming panel discussions will tackle issues around energy resources in the Arctic and globalization and international resources in the North.

For the complete schedule, click here.

If you can’t attend in person, the entire conference is being web-cast. Click here, to view. The conference runs until Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

Make sure to tell us what you think.

Write to Eilis Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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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