Feature Interview: The art legacy in Canada’s North

Ulukhaktok (Holman) in Canada's Northwest Territories. Photo: Eilís Quinn.When people think of Inuit Art in Canada, it’s usually the famous artistic communities in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut that come to mind.

Cape Dorset, Nunavut is known worldwide for its print collection. Pangnirtung, Nunavut is known for its weavers.

Though several Arctic Canadian communities had active art programs, many of them have petered out over time. But experts say the remaining works still play an important role in our understanding of Canadian art and Arctic culture.

Earlier this year I spoke with Darlene Coward Wight, the Curator of Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, about the significance of one of these collections. The interview was picked up on Radio Canada International’s RCInet.ca on Friday.

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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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