Russia hosts meeting on polar bears

(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
Canada’s minister of the environment will represent Canada this week at the Polar Bear Range States meeting in Russia.

The Polar Bear Range States (Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway and Russia) meet every two years to discuss polar bear management and conservation.

“Our Government is committed to proper conservation of the polar bear, while ensuring that the rights of Aboriginal peoples who continue to rely on the polar bear for food, clothing and livelihood are maintained and respected,” said Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s minister of the environment and minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, in a press release on Monday.

Aglukkaq is also minister for the Arctic Council, an organization which Canada currently chairs.

The Polar Bear Range States signed an agreement on the conservation of polar bears in 1973.

The Russia meeting runs from December 4-6.

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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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