Eye on the Arctic Health Series nominated for Webby Award

Webby Award logoToday nominees for the 16th annual Webby Awards were announced. We here at Eye on the Arctic found out that our Arctic Health Series: Bridging the Divide has been nominated for an award in the News and Politics: Series category.
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet.
The health crisis in the Arctic has become one of the most pressing issues in the world’s circumpolar countries. But it receives relatively little media and political attention next to issues like climate change and Arctic sovereignty.
When Radio Canada International set out to work on the Arctic Health Series in 2011 we travelled to Nunavik and Nunavut in Arctic Canada to look at this issue from the perspective of those living in these remote Arctic regions. Some of our stories from the series include: 
  • Caring for our People: Inside Arctic Nursing, a short film where we talk to Minnie Akparook, an Inuk nurse from Northern Quebec, about the obstacles she overcame to work in health care.
  • Lavinia’s Story, a documentary featuring Lavinia Curley, an Inuk woman living in Nunavut, who shares how she overcame addition and abuse despite the difficulty of obtaining mental health services in the North
  • Bridging the Divide, a documentary focusing on the local Inuit who are working to improve health and well-being in their communities despite the enormous challenges
The response to our videos and reports in our Arctic Health Series were overwhelming. I think it comes down to one thing: the honesty and bravery of the northerners who agreed to speak with us on film, no matter how personal or how difficult the subject matter. It was an honour to be able to tell their stories.
Besides our nomination in the News and Politics: Series category, we’re also up for a People’s Voice Award, an award voted on by the public.
If you’ve had a chance to look at Bridging the Divide: Arctic Health Series and like what you see, you can vote for us here until April 26.
If your browser doesn’t take you directly to the voting page, follow these steps:
  1. Go to the Webby Award People’s Voice Awards, here.
  2. Go to Jump to Category and choose the Online Film & Video section (the third choice along the top)
  3. Click on the News & Politics: Series section
  4. Sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Email
  5. Vote for Bridging the Divide
And as always, we continue to welcome your comments and feedback on the series on Twitter @eyeonthearctic, Facebook and at arctic(at)cbc.ca
Write to Eilis 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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