Eye on the Arctic news round-up

The Sunrise Ceremony is both a personal and public ceremony to give thanks and welcome a new day. (Ken Gigliotti/The Canadian Press)A round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


The European Union’s Seal Ban was under discussion at the Fur Institute of Canada’s annual meeting held in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut. And National Aboriginal Day is observed across the country on June 21.


Finland makes water a priority at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week.


A Norwegian Arctic submarine base is up for sale.


Russia unveils a new rescue ship for its Northern Fleet.


Hunters say the number of wolves being shot this season is too low.

United States (Alaska)

The Alaska EskimoWhaling Commission seeks support for a new tool that could be used in subsistence whale hunting.

(*Note: The Eye on the Arctic news round-up will be back on July 13th)

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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