Trudeau, shipping & Arctic conflict: Week in Review

A judge has ordered Alaska officials to provide more outreach and resources to Yup’ik- and Gwich’in-speaking villagers in the upcoming November election. (iStock)
A blog looking at the Canadian federal election and its implications for Arctic policy were among your most read stories this week. (iStock)

On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

-Blogger Heather Exner-Pirot throws down the gauntlet to Arctic conflict theorists, challenging preconceived notions on military clashes in the North

– Canadians elected a Liberal majority government in a federal election held last week. Blogger Mia Bennett takes a look at Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and asks what impact his win will have on Arctic policy in Canada

-Icelandic authorities and German company Bremenports work on a feasibility study on establish a deep-water port in Iceland to facilitate international Arctic shipping

– The United States gets ready to host the first meeting of senior Arctic officials since the country took over the two-year rotating Arctic Council chairmanship from Canada.

-Iqaluit-based Mahaha Comedy talks to Eye on the Arctic about using humour to discuss difficult identity issues in Canada’s Inuit communities.

That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back next week with the latest 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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