Eye on the Arctic news round-up


Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an announcement in front of students at the Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, February 23, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)A round-up of some of the most discussed Arctic news this week:


Education was is in the news this week. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Iqaluit, the capital of the eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut to announce $27 million dollars for adult aboriginal education in the North. Meanwhile, an interim report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommends that the history of residential schools and the effects they have had on aboriginals in Canada be taught in public schools.


The Iron Dog snowmachine race got underway this week. And in a look ahead to the Iditarod on  March 3, a feature on the care and training of sled dogs.


Avalanche warnings go out across Finland’s Arctic province of Lapland.


In December, a nuclear submarine caught fire while undergoing repairs in Russia’s Far North. At the time authorities said no weapons were on board. But a recent report suggests the the submarine was actually armed.

Note: I’m off on a reporting trip next week. The Eye on the Arctic news round-up will resume when I’m back in April.

Write Eilís Quinn and 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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