SAD, Sami & sanitation: Week in Review

Rovaniemi, a city in Finland's Far North, is pictured above. A story looking at how to cope with 24-hour darkness in Arctic communities was among your top-read stories this week. (iStock)
Rovaniemi, a city in Finland’s Far North, is pictured above. A story looking at how to cope with 24-hour darkness in Arctic communities was among your top-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 past week:

-An Arctic-based psychiatrist in Finland gives his top tips for coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder, and says those living in the Far North should take advantage of the dark winter months to store up their energy and rest.

– Our Eye on the Arctic, COP 21 interview series continues with a conversation from Canada’s Northwest Territories. Norman Snowshoe, the vice-president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, tells us how climate change is affecting northerners and how he thinks the international community, both politicians and media, are often missing the real story.

Sami activists arrive at a Finland Independence Day ball with ‘169’ written on the bodies in protest of Finland’s failure to ratify the ILO 169 agreement that protects indigenous peoples’ rights.

-Researchers are exploring ways to treat and reuse water in Alaska villages to help communities without running water and improve sanitation in rural villages.

-Statistics Canada figures show that the country’s highest homicide rates are in the northern territories.

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