Information needed on northern mining: survey

Site of the Matoush uranium project in northern Quebec, Canada. (Claude Bouchard. Radio-Canada)Climate change is opening up Canada’s northern regions to greater energy and resource exploration.

This activity has sparked debate across the country about how best to balance business interests with environmental protection; and economic development and the needs of Canada’s northern aboriginal communities.

A recent Léger marketing poll; commissioned by the Canadian Boreal Initiative, an environmental group concerned with conserving the boreal forest, examined the attitudes of northern Quebecers to some of these questions.

The survey polled both the Cree, an aboriginal group, and non-Cree, in the region

The results suggest that northerners want both more information on projects in their areas and a greater say in the future development of their communities.

Last week I spoke with Suzann Méthot, the Québec Regional director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, to find out more. 

To listen to our conversation on Radio Canada International, click here

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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