Deline: Working with traditional skins

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Deline, Northwest Territories, Canada

I spent most of today at a traditional skills seminar was held in the Deline community hall to research a story on the challenges of building an economy in small northern communities.

Everyone from elders to the local wildlife officer was there to talk to kids about traditional skinning and trapping and how it fits into today’s world. Elders taught teenagers and adults how to prepare moose and caribou hides.

At another station, the wildlife officer, a local Dene man himself, talked about everything from preparing the skin of small game to how traditional hunting and trapping, even in today’s world, can help to support a family.

Youth from Deline watching wildlife officer preparing a marten skin after trapping. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada  International.

Edler preparing skin in Deline. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International

Local wildlife officer explains how to handle and prepare a marten skin after trapping. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International.

Skins soaking before being used in the workshop. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International



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)

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