Cree campaign to protect North Quebec river

Quebec's Cree are worried about the future of the woodland caribou herds near Broadback River. (Aurelie B. Lemieux, Cree Regional Authority)
Quebec’s Cree are worried about the future of the woodland caribou herds near Broadback River. (Aurelie B. Lemieux, Cree Regional Authority)
Cree in the Canadian province of Quebec are calling on the provincial government to do more to protect the Broadback River in northern Quebec.

The river has long been an important waterway supporting traditional Cree hunting territory.

The river was successfully protected from hydro-electric development with the Paix des Braves Agreement  in 2002.

But increased forestry and mining activity in the area has prompted the Grand Council of the Crees and the Cree Regional Authority to launch a campaign to protect the region.

Last week I spoke with Chantal Otter-Tetreault, an environmental analyst with the Cree Regional Authority.

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

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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