Community Profile: Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada

Ulukhaktok, Les Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Photo: Eilís QuinnName: Ulukhaktok (Known as “Holman” until name change in 2006), Northwest Territories, Canada

Location: West coast of Victoria Island in Canada’s High Arctic

Population: 402 (2011 Canadian census). Primarily Inuvialuit population (Inuit from Canada’s western Arctic)

Language: Inuvialuit (a western Arctic Inuit language dialect)

Employment rate among Inuvialuit population: 36 per cent (2009 NWT Community Survey Results)

Unemployment rate:
19.9 (2009) Department of Statistics Government of Northwest Territories)

Average earnings of Aboriginal population:
$26,286 (2009) Department of Statistics Government of Northwest Territories)

Participation in traditional sctivities among aboriginal occupation: Hunting and Fishing 70 per cent; Arts and Crafts production 30 per cent; Trapping 10 per cent

Related Links:

Hamlet of Ulukhaktok, community website

Holman: Forty Years of Graphic Art

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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