Eye on the Arctic news round-up

John Duncan resigned as minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on Friday. Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington said Duncan had health issues during his time as minister, and wasn't able to give the portfolio the kind of prominence in cabinet it requires. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)A round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


Aboriginal leaders in Canada’s North react to the resignation of the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.


Twenty cubic metres of raw sewage spill into lake in Finland’s North.


Finland delays its decision on patrolling Icelandic airspace until later this year


Russia launches a seven-year program for developing the Arctic  focusing on everything from transporation to science


A feature story from Radio Sweden’s Tom Sullivan looks at the future of a remote mine in northern Sweden.

United States

Alaska Dispatch’s Jill Burke looks at how Alaskan sled dogs are helping soldiers in Afghanistan.

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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