Inside Arctic Nursing

From Radio Canada International Last year we shot a short film “Caring for our People: Inside Arctic Nursing” with Inuk nurse Minnie Akparook from Nunavik, Canada.

In it, Ms Akparook talks candidly about the obstacles she overcame to become a nurse and about the challenges of delivering health care in the Arctic.

The feedback from viewers, especially from those working in health care and from Inuit, Métis and First Nations women, was overwhelming.

This week, the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, Alaska listed “Caring for our People: Inside Arctic Nursing” as their video of the week.

Here’s what they said in their newsletter: “Across the Arctic local nurses are in great demand. This insightful 12-minute film is an interview with Minnie Akparook, an Inuk nurse from Nunavik, Canada about overcoming career and health obstacles in her life and in Arctic Canada.”

If you missed “Caring for our People” the first time around, click here to watch.

To read “Bridging the Cultural Divide in Nursing” an extended interview with Ms Akparook, click here.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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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