Eye on the Arctic news round-up

A Nenets herdsman gathering his reindeer as they prepare to leave a site outside the town of Nadym, 3,800 km North-East of Moscow in Siberia. Russia has ordered RAIPON, a group that represents indigenous groups in Russia's North, to shut down.  AFP PHOTO / TATYANA MAKEYEVAA round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


Harry Winston Diamond Corporation announces it will buy BHP Billiton’s Ekati diamond mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.


Investigations begin into the environmental crisis at the Talvivaara mine in east Finland.


A new study from Norway’s Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research suggests Greenland’s ice sheet is particularily vulnerable to the changing climate.


Finland’s prime minister says next year’s patrolling mission in Icelandic airspace is a peacetime exercise, not a combat mission.


Russia orders the shutdown of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East (RAIPON).


Commerical shale gas drilling may be coming to Sweden.

United States

A lawyer representing several Yup’ik fisherman in Alaska charged with illegal fishing is planning a religious defense. He says fishing is central to the fisherman’s culture and that it’s unconstitutional to criminalize a protected right to religious freedom and cultural identity.

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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