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 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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