Eye on the Arctic news round-up

A look back at some of the week’s stories from around the Arctic.


A rare meeting between ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and Alaska lawmakers on Thursday led to rumours that a joint project may be in the works. In the end, no major announcement was made, but the significance of the meeting is still being debated.


With mining and forestry companies increasingly coming North to do business, Sami herders say a new study using GPS-monitoring to chart reindeer migrations may help the herders bolster claims to traditional grazing territories.


A progress report is released into the circumstances around a tragic 2011 plane crash in the Canadian Arctic that killed 12 people. And earlier in the week, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation releases data showing that the most expensive rents in the country are in two northern Canadian communities.


The country gives Norway’s Knutsen OAS Shipping permission to ship gas through the Northern Sea Route.


In Finland, recently discovered archeological sites in Finnish Lapland give researchers new insights into the history of indigenous Sami reindeer herders.

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 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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