Blog: Flags at half-mast in Yukon after Ottawa attack

Flags in front of the main Yukon Government Building and Yukon Legislative Assembly in Whitehorse flew at half-mast on Wednesday after the Ottawa attack. (Yukon Government)
Flags in front of the main Yukon Government Building and Yukon Legislative Assembly in Whitehorse flew at half-mast on Wednesday after the Ottawa attack. (Yukon Government)
I just got this picture of the flags in Yukon at half-mast on Wednesday after the attacks on Ottawa.

Canada`s Arctic leaders issued strong statements yesterday during and after the crisis.

Today, reaction, and thanks, continued to flow in from around the North.

Most recently, Terry Audla, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit organization, issued a statement to pay tribute to Corporal  Nathan Cirillo, the reservist shot by a gunman while stationed at the National War Memorial.

“On behalf of the Inuit of Canada, we honour the life of Corporal Nathan Cirillo,”Audla said.  “His service to Canada and Canadians will forever be remembered. We will keep his family and friends in our prayers during this tragic time and we hope that they find some comfort in knowing that Canadians from even the most remote areas of our country stand with them, saddened by Canada’s loss of a bright, young man.”

ITK’s head office is located in downtown Ottawa and was put on lockdown as events unfolded Wednesday. Audla thanked first responders and security personal for their work in Ottawa.

You can read the rest of Audla’s statement on the ITK website, HERE

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)


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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