Mining in spotlight for upcoming Greenland elections

Downtown Nuuk, Greenland's capital city, in March 2010. Photo: Eilís Quinn. Parliamentry elections will take place in Greenland this March and mining is shaping up to be one of the key issues.

China is set to be an important player in the economic future of the island. That has some worried that companies might flood the territory with foreign labour working for less than Greenlanders would.

Also on the agenda, is granting rights for rare earth minerals. Greenland’s prime minister Kuupik Kleist has said that the territory will not favour the EU over investors like China.

Kleist has also repeatedly stated that the the influx of Chinese workers is not a threat to Greenland society. However the opposition party Siumut says an influx of foreign workers could change Greenlanders way of life.

Certainly plenty of issues to follow before the March 11th vote.

Related Links:

Great expectations fill Greenland as China eyes riches, Reuters

Greenland rare earths: PM would welcome ‘thousands of Chinese workers’

Greenland calls March election, mining rules in focus, Reuters

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)


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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