Eye on the Arctic news round-up

Greenland glacier. AFP PHOTO: SLIM ALLAGUI A round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


Activists for women’s rights claimed a major victory for aboriginal woman this week. A United Nations committee ruled against the government of Canada’s Northwest Territories after the territorial housing corporation let an aboriginal woman’s non-aboriginal, abusive husband have the family home in the community of Behchoko, Northwest Territories.


The Talvivaara mine in east Finland dominated headlines throughout the week. The mine produces nickel and cobalt and has plans to begin producing uranium. Some locals and environmentalists accuse the mine of polluting areas around their operations.


A study of Greenland’s glaciers suggests they may not contribute as much to projected catastrophic sea levels as previously thought. Meanwhile, Inuit hunters travel to Copenhagen to protest  a department store’s decision to stop selling seal products.


Norway’s long-awaited climate paper is released.


Talks advance between Russia’s two biggest oil companies over drilling in the Barents Sea.


The Finnish icebreaker Nordica has been brought to Sweden after Greenpeace activists boarded the vessel to protest Arctic drilling near Alaska.

United States (Alaska)

A study by US Geological Survey shows polar bears and their cubs swim further and longer than was previously thought, suggesting the animal may be less prone to drowning than is sometimes portrayed in the media.

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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