Mining, politics and Maine: Arctic week in review

Before the long Easter weekend, we take a look back at some of your most read northern stories this week. (iStock)
Before the long Easter weekend, we take a look back at some of your most read northern stories this week. (iStock)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week:

An oil spill exercise in Finland attracts experts from around the world including Canada & China

– When we think of circumpolar players, should the American state of Maine be put into the mix?

– Arctic expert Heather Exner-Pirot looks the role of observers in the Arctic Council and asks the question: What exactly should they be doing once they’re admitted?

-A symposium takes place in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut to discuss suicide and mental wellness in Inuit communities.

– Iron-ore production after the second quarter remains uncertain at a mine in Arctic Norway 

That’s all from us for this week.

The Eye on the Arctic team will be off for the long Easter weekend, but we’ll be back on Tuesday 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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