Feature Interview: ArcticNet’s 2015 scientific meeting

ArcticNet2015 took place this year in Vancouver, B.C. (Martin Fortier/ArcticNet)
ArcticNet2015 took place this year in Vancouver, B.C. (Martin Fortier/ArcticNet)
The ArcticNet scientific meeting took place in Vancouver, British Columbia from December 7-11.

There, hundreds of Canadian scientists and researchers gathered to give presentations on everything from Inuit health to climate change in the North.

The meeting also coincided with the last week of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris, something that put the spotlight on the situation in the North and the kinds of adaptation and mitigation strategies that need to be put in place in Canada’s Arctic communities.

Feature Interview
Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet. (Keith Levesque/ArcticNet)
Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet. (Keith Levesque/ArcticNet)

At the end of conference, Eye on the Arctic checked in with the University of Laval’s Martin Fortier, ArcticNet’s executive director, to find out more about where northern science in Canada is headed and the importance of incorporating traditional Inuit knowledge and partnerships into the research being done:

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Canada & Sweden cooperate on Arctic science, Eye on the Arctic

Norway:  Norway’s polar satellite centre, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Sweden:  Sweden developes new space strategy, Radio Sweden

United States:  Better technology stretches Arctic Alaska’s shrinking tundra travel season, Alaska Dispatch News

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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