Obama, oil drilling and injustice in Canada’s North: Arctic Week in Review

The tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tow the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on Dec. 29, 2012. (Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis / United States Coast Guard / AP)
The tugs Aiviq and Nanuq tow the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska on Dec. 29, 2012. Shell’s announcement this week to restart Arctic drilling has ignited fierce debate in Alaska. (Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis / United States Coast Guard / AP)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week.

From Obama to ANWR to Arctic drilling, news from Alaska dominated many headlines this week:

– Shell announces it intends to restart drilling in Arctic Alaska this summer, at the same time that ConocoPhillips announces it will be scaling back operations

-President Obama’s move to increase protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ignited praise from environmental groups and condemnation from some politicians and Inupiat communities 

-And in the European Arctic, fierce reaction to photos of Russian submariners feeding polar bears with garbage

Friday Feature Interview: Injustice in Canada's North

In Canada, the Quebec Bar Association has issued a scathing report on the state of justice in the province’s remote northern aboriginal communities.

Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn speaks with Bernard Synnott, president of the Quebec Bar Association about the language issues, cultural misunderstandings and infrastructure struggles he’s witnessed first-hand, and what’s at stake if governments don’t do something to fix it:

That’s all from us this week. We’ll be back on Monday with more stories and newsmakers from across the North!

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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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