‘Arctic in Transition’ – Role of Media (Part 1)


Université du Québec à Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

The UQAM conference ‘Arctic in Transition’ is just past the halfway mark. This morning’s sessions covered the North American Arctic and the role of Canada and the United States in the circumpolar world.

But both during the talks and during question periods, the media’s role in the ‘Arctic sovereignty’ debate came up more than once. This was a theme that came up yesterday too.

The feeling among many seems to be that media distorts the sabre-rattling angle of ‘who-owns-what-and-where’ in the circumpolar world. Many experts here have suggested that the reality is much less dramatic. In fact, many have said there’s no real ‘threats’ to speak of (in the geopolitical sense) and that the issues would be better served by discussing the Arctic in terms of ‘challenges’ instead.

Not everyone agrees with the above of course, but enough people have mentioned it that it seems worth pointing out. More on this in the coming days…

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

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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