Feature Interview: Arctic Economic Council raises environmental concerns

Greenpeace's Farrah Khan. (Courtesy Farrah Khan)
Greenpeace’s Farrah Khan. (Courtesy Farrah Khan)
Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship has garnered mixed reviews.

The Arctic Economic Council (AEC), a Canadian initiative that would have northern businesses report to the Arctic Council on economic issues, was set up to be one of Canada’s main accomplishments.

The AEC was put together for businesses in the North to give feedback to the Arctic Council on economic issues.

The idea is that each Arctic State and permanent participant organization names three business representatives to participate.

But the council’s inaugural meeting in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut this week was closed to the public and received criticism from many Arctic watchers and experts.

In today’s Eye on the Arctic feature interview, Eilís Quinn explores an NGO perspective with Farrah Khan, Arctic Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada:

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic Economic Council – and the environment?, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger.

Greenland: Analysis: Implications of Greenland’s decision to allow uranium mining, Blog by Mia Bennett

Norway:  Sustainable future for Arctic people?, from Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Russia:  The Russian Far East, the Arctic and Foreign Trade, Blog by Mia Bennett

United States:  Alaska commits $125 million in gas line deal that stays secret, Alaska Dispatch

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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