Eye on the Arctic news round-up

An Inukshuk stands on top of a hill overlooking the town of Kuujjuaq, Que. Photo: Jacques Boissinot, The Canadian Press.A sampling of some of the most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week.


China’s increased interest in the Arctic grabbed headlines across the country this week after an address from Zhang Junsai, the Chinese ambassador to Canada, in Montreal, Quebec. Zhang reiterated China’s desire for an increased role on Arctic issues. China is seeking permanent observer status on the Arctic Council, but not every member country is in favour. Canada chairs the council as of 2013.

Alaska – United States

The Alaska Northern Waters Task Force has issued a series of recomendations to assert the United States, and Alaska’s, presence and importance in the North.


Denmark’s appointment of Klavs A. Holm as Arctic Ambassador representing Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands and coordinating Denmark’s Arctic strategy is examined.


The Sami, the indigenous people of Sweden’s Arctic, organize a mining protest against development ion their traditional lands.

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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