Feature Interview: Labrador Winter Games highlight northern culture

Labrador Winter Games. Photo courtesy The Labrador Winter Games.The Labrador Winter Games 2013 kicked off in Atlantic Canada today (Monday, March 4) and already the entire region is gearing up for what’s affectionately nicknamed the “Olympics of the North”

Labrador is the vast, northernmost region of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The region spans 293,822 square kilometres and is bordered to the west and south by Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec.

The Games started in 1983 as a way to bring everyone together whether they lived in the Inuit region of Nunatsiavut in the North or in one of the Métis communities in the region’s south.

Last week I spoke with Jon Beale, the director of the Labrador Winter Games, about the history and enduring popularity of the event.

To listen to the entire interview on Radio Canada International, click here

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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