Growing tourism in Nunatsiavut

North Arm, Torngat Mountains National Park.
North Arm, Torngat Mountains National Park.
The question of how best to foster economic development in remote northern regions is an ongoing one.

But tourism has proved to be a success is many communities. It’s seen as an environmentally sustainable industry for northern regions. It’s also an industry that provides a range of employment for locals whether as guides, hunters, crafts people or business people.

As part of our ongoing series looking at economic development in northern regions, today we turn our spotlight on Nunatsiavut, the Inuit self-governing region in the northern region of the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tourism is relatively young industry for the region but it’s already proving to be one of the bright spots on the economic and social landscape, says Dave Lough, Nunatsiavut’s deputy minister of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

“Our industry is owned and operated by the Inuit and that’s a real attraction for visitors ,” Lough says. “Nunatsiavut is home to the southernmost Inuit population in the world and perhaps the least understood. The story of the Labrador Inuit is a fascinating one and we welcome the opportunity to present it.”

To find out more about the attractions and development of Nunatsiavut’s tourism industry, I recently spoke to Dave Lough.

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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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