Caribou health in a changing climate

Photo: Walter Anderson/AP Photo/Canadian PressCaribou are among the most important animals in Canada’s North. Inuit and First Nations have traditionally relied on the animals for clothing and sustenance. Even today, caribou remains an important food source in many of Canada’s remote aboriginal villages and settlements.

But caribou herds in many of Canada’s regions are under stress for reasons ranging from climate change to predators.

The changing environment is even affecting the types of diseases caribou are being afflicted with. 

Susan Kutz is an associate professor of Ecosystem and Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Canada’s University of Calgary. She studies caribou health as it relates to climate change.

I recently interviewed Susan Kutz for Radio Canada International.

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To write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.a


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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