Feature Interview: Sweden wraps up Arctic Council chairmanship

Gustaf Lind, Sweden’s Arctic ambassador and chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials during Sweden’s chairmanship. (Government of Sweden)
Gustaf Lind, Sweden’s Arctic ambassador and chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials during Sweden’s chairmanship. (Government of Sweden)

When Sweden hands chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Canada, it will cap off what many observers have characterized as one of the most high profile periods for the organization since its inception.

Gustaf Lind serves as Sweden’s Arctic ambassador.  He’s also the chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials, a role that will be taken over by Canada’s Patrick Borbey when that country takes over the organization’s chairmanship from Sweden on May 15th.

Eye on the Arctic spoke to Gustaf Lind this week for a look back on Sweden’s chairmanship and what lies ahead for the organization.


Special Reports: Arctic Council 2013

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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