Creating an economy in a small northern town: Spotlight Deline

Deline, Northwest Territories, Canada. Photo: Eilís QuinnWhen it comes to economic development in the Arctic, energy exploitation and resource development are the buzzwords.

But despite the activity and millions of dollars of investment pouring into Canada’s northern regions, many aboriginal villages in the North are still struggling economically.

These communities are often located too far from resource development sites to benefit from increased economic activity. Many aboriginal hamlets also have highly ambivalent feelings towards industries they see as disturbing their traditional lands and ways of life.

But far from giving up, some of these villages are looking at ways to develop local, sustainable economies on their own terms and in ways that will promote and encourage traditional aboriginal beliefs and customs.

To better understand the challenges and opportunities such places are facing, Radio Canada International journalist Eilís Quinn travelled to Deline, Northwest Territories to visit one community who thinks they’ve found the answer.

Read -> Can tourism save this town?

Read -> Community Profile: Deline, Northwest Territories, Canada

Listen & Read -> The Challenges: Q&A with Danny Gaudet

Listen & Read -> The History:: Q&A Walter Bayha

Read -> The Social Benefit: Q&A with Gina Dolphus

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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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