Ships, spys and international ‘uncooperation’ – Arctic week in Review

Norway's spy ship the Marjata will be equipped with sensors and other technology to snoop on Russia's activities in the Arctic beginning in 2016. (Norwegian Military/AP)
Norway’s spy ship the Marjata will be equipped with sensors and other technology to snoop on Russia’s activities in the Arctic beginning in 2016. (Norwegian Military/AP)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

– Canadian artist Jessica Auer has spent years travelling through Scandanavia and Greenland photographing ancient Viking sites and her work is now on display at the Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie

– Both Russia and Norway have big new spy ships to keep an eye on each other with 

– In more Russia/Norway news, the two countries are relooking at their shared border where shifting rivers and marshes are complicating life for authorities

– Iceland blasts the Arctic Five for excluding it from the fishing moratorium signed this month, and questions what this means for future Arctic cooperation and the work of the Arctic Council

-Russia’s new maritime doctrine pledges to strengthen the country’s presence in the Arctic 

That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back 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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