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, 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)cbc.ca

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