Polar Year conference draws to close

Closing ceremony at 2012 International Polar Year conference. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada International.The 2012 International Polar Year Conference has drawn to a close. An extimated 2000 scientists from around the world attended the week-long meeting to discuss all things Arctic and Antarctic-related. The closing ceremony was hosted by Peter Harrison, Chair of the 2012 IPY Conference.

 Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Exchange part of the conference, got some of the biggest applause of the day with her closing comments:

‘The most important resoure of the Arctic is our people. We the people have to matter. … After the researchers are all gone, we’ll still be there. We want to be more important to researchers, to our countries and to the world than just the polar bear and the seal.”

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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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