Arrival in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada

Inukshuk in central Inuvik with Igloo Church in back ground. Photo: Eilis Quinn, Radio Canada International.Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada

Weather: Sunny and in the -30s … celsius that is….

Arrived safe and sound in Inuvik, NWT this afternoon. Located 200km above the Arctic circle, the community was established as an administrative centre in Canada’s western Arctic in the 1950s.

Today, the community is the last stop on Canada’s famous Dempster Highway, the only highway in  the country to cross the Arctic Circle.

The population today is about 3,500. About one third  of the people are Gwich’in (one of Canada’s First Nations), one third Inuvialuit (Inuit from Canada’s western Arctic) with the last third made up of people from the south or recent immigrants to Canada.

The community is known for its annual petroleum show and for having been featured in the History series Ice Road Truckers.

I haven’t been here long but it feels like a mini-city to me, there’s a huge recreation centre, three supermarkets, book and souvenir stores, churches, a mosque… the list goes on and on. Doesn’t feel like a remote Arctic community at all… until you go into the grocery store and see the prices. I just paid $5 for some celery. Yikes.

Write to Eilis Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)


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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