Eye on the Arctic news round-up

The Nordic environmental minsiters met at Svalbard in the northern most part of Norway. Photo: BertiRoald/ScanpixA round-up of stores making headlines across the North.


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization, decries the lack of increased funding for mental wellness or housing  for northern Inuit communities in the federal budget tabled this week.


The country’s environment minister says there’s more opportunities for mining in the country’s Arctic as long as companies are socially responsible. Elsewhere, activists say they’ll appeal a decision from the government permitting uranium mining in Kainuu, located in the country’s northeast.


Environment ministers from the Nordic countries agree to fight emissions at a conference in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic. Meanwhile wreckage of a Norwegian Hercules plane has been located in a mountain range in Arctic Sweden.


Barents Observer is reporting that the director of Kolskya, a rig that capsized and sank in the Sea of Okhotsk last December, has been fired.


The Arctic Council met  in Stokholm this week.

United States (Alaska)

In 2011, a bear attacked a group of students camping in the Alaskan wilderness. The National Outdoor Leadership School has completed a report on the attack. Alaska Dispatch has compiled a two-part series on the findings, walking readers through the chaotic events of that day. For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.

*Friday, April 3 is a holiday in Canada. The next Eye on the Arctic news round-up will go out on Friday, April 13

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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