Top Eye on the Arctic stories of 2015

With 2015 behind us, we take a look back at some of your most-read Eye on the Arctic stories of the year.

This year’s crop of stories is a diverse list covering everything from indigenous rights to military and from Arctic governance to press freedom.

Here’s a taste of some of the stories that particularly caught your eye.

Should traditional Alaska subsistence foods be commercially sold? Alaska Dispatch News took on this question in an August feature story looking at the the different legal and cultural positions around this controversial issue

#SavetheArctic… from Greenpeace. This January blog from Arctic expert Heather Exner-Pirot looks at Greenpeace’s #SavetheArctic campaign and questions whether it helped the public’s understanding of Arctic issues or distorted it.

Russia moves first troops to Arctic base near Finnish border. A January report from Yle News, looks at reaction to Russian military infrastructure near Finland’s border.

Arctic Council 2015. The U.S. took over chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada in April and the stories, blogs and analysis pieces in our special Arctic Council 2015 section continued to grab our readers’ and listeners’ attention throughout the year.

Media & the Arctic: What happened at Barents Observer? The implosion at the Barents Observer, arguably once the most respected news sources for Arctic Europe, touched on everything from business and politics to Russian-Norwegian relations in the Arctic.

That’s all from us for 2015. We’ll be back next week 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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