Eye on the Arctic news round-up

The sun sets over the minning town of Kiruna. Photo: Olivier Morin, AFP.Around the Arctic, mining was big news this week.


The Swedish Public Employment Service released figures that painted a dire picture for young job seekers in Sweden. Unless they were willing to move to the Arctic that is. Some sectors are described as being ‘desperate’ for workers especially in expanding areas like mining.


The Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations says aboriginals in the northwest Yukon territory are feeling left out when it comes to the approval process for mining projects. Grand Chief Ruth Massie says First Nations are overwhelmed with the amount of mining applications and need more resources to deal with them.

And elsehwere around the Arctic…


The presidential election dominated news in the country this week. But the spectacular display of northern lights in the country’s northern Lapland province still ended up getting plenty of people’s attention.


Issues around oil-taxes continued to spark debate, and an essay in Nature questioned whether Oil has passed a ‘tipping point’ towards higher prices. Meanwhile, the Russian tanker Renda contined its journey back home after a successful fuel delivery to the remote Alaskan community of Nome in the state’s northwest.

Write to Eilís 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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