Eye on the Arctic business series

Eye on the Arctic logoGlobal warming has put the once remote and inaccessible Arctic at the centre of world attention. As climate change opens up the Arctic for business, exploitation of its untapped natural resources including energy, mining and gas exploration are rapidly transforming the North.

But how is this development affecting remote circumpolar communities? What are the social and economic impacts of these new business opportunities on northerners? With resource development getting most of the headlines, are other businesses and economic drivers being overlooked? Who’s getting ahead and who’s getting left behind?

To explore some of these questions, Radio Canada International travelled to Canada’s Northwest Territories earlier this year. There, we spent time in communities all around the territory to find out how northerners feel about the economic opportunities and challenges they’re facing.

Over the next weeks we’ll bring you stories on everything from mining and art, to energy and entrepreneurs.

This week, we kick things off in Deline, Northwest Territories with Creating an economy in a small northern town: Spotlight Deline a look at the challenges of creating an economy in a small northern town and some of the solutions the community thinks they’ve found.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our series on mining. Follow us on Twitter to be alerted: @eyeonthearctic

We hope you enjoy the series; we welcome comments, contributions, and debate.

Contact us at arctic(at)cbc.ca

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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