Listen: Developing Canada’s North

Inuvik's Midnight Sun Complex in Canada's Northwest Territories.  CBC's Cross Country Checkup call-in show  visited Inuvik earlier this month to ask the question:
Inuvik’s Midnight Sun Complex in Canada’s Northwest Territories. CBC’s Cross Country Checkup call-in show visited Inuvik earlier this month to ask the question:
“Is Canada making the right moves in developing the north?” (Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic)

The question of resource development in Canada’s North is an ongoing subject of debate, much like in the world’s other circumpolar regions.

The recent devolution agreement between Canada’s federal government and the government of the Northwest Territories will give the territory more control over monies generated by the exploitation of its natural resources.

This is seen as the first step in giving the territory more say in how it develops and administers its resources and lands.

It’s also re-started the conversation amongst Canadians on the evolution of the North and what it means for residents and First Nations in the area.

This subject was the topic of a recent installment of Cross Country Checkup, a national call-in show on CBC Radio One.

The show was broadcast live from the Arctic community of Inuvik, Northwest Territories on June 9. Guests included former premiers of the Northwest Territories and the audience was filled with locals from Inuvik.

Because of the distance between the North and southern Canada, where most of the population lives, it’s rare that we hear northerners debate the future of their region in their own words.

This two-hour show did a fantastic job of giving listeners a snap-shot of the perspectives and opinions of those living in the North and is well worth a listen for anyone interested in the northern development and the Canadian Arctic.

To listen to the pod cast, 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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