Maps, climate & Hunter Tootoo: Arctic week in review

Hunter Tootoo being sworn in on Wednesday as Canada's minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard was your most read Eye on the Arctic story this week. (CBC News)
Hunter Tootoo being sworn in on Wednesday as Canada’s minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard was your most read Eye on the Arctic story this week. (CBC News)

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

– Canada’s new Liberal government was sworn in last week, and Hunter Tootoo, the MP for Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, was named Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

-Greenpeace activists prevent a coal ship from reaching Helsinki, reanimating a debate about the use of coal in Finland’s capital city

-Blogger Mia Bennett looks at what diminishing sea ice in the Arctic means for the future of Arctic mapping and whether southern-drawn maps will do a better job of including indigenous transportation networks.

-A new study looks at how a changing climate drove snowshoe hares north to Alaska

-Sweden launches a new initiative called ‘Fossil-free Sweden,’ as part of its move to became the first fossil-free welfare state

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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