Shipping, Russia and reality TV : Arctic week in review

A look at Eye on the Arctic's most read stories this week. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)
A look at Eye on the Arctic’s most read stories this week. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week:

– New guidelines on polar shipping focus on better crew training training for operating in cold and remote areas

– Controversy surrounds Russia’s new head of Arctic issues, Dmitry Rogozin, who has been placed on the sanctions list by western nations opposed to Russia’s actions in Ukraine

-And from the world of pop culture, the break-out star of reality TV show Ultimate Survival Alaska  says he has mixed feelings about being portrayed as a villain.

Friday Feature Intervew
Terry Audla (Courtesy ITK)
Terry Audla (Courtesy ITK)

And in our Friday Feature Interview this week, we take a look at language. Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn speaks with Terry Audla, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization, about the challenges of unifying the Inuit language writing system in Canada:

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)

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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