Eye on the Arctic news round-up

This week, Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen announced that Finland will participe in partrolling Iceland's air space. Image: Anssi Leppänen / YleA round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


A report says food bank use in Canada’s Far North has almost doubled over the last four years.


Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen announced that Finland will participe in patrols of Iceland’s airspace.


A report that underfunding means less northern patrols for Norway’s Coast Guard.


Heavy rains are causing problems for the country’s potato farmers, especially in the North.


The oil economy in Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia’s northwestern Arctic as made the region one of the wealthiest in the country.

United States

Royal Dutch Shell concludes its preliminary oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. A decision is reached in a controversial trial involving Aboriginal fisherman in Alaska.

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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