Top Eye on the Arctic stories of 2015

Berries growing in the Alaska's tundra. Should traditional subsistence foods be commercially sold in Alaska? An August report looking at this questions was one of your most-read Eye on the Arctic stories in 2015. (iStock)
Greenpeace activists pose with the mockup of a polar bear and banners as they demonstrate in Luebeck, northern Germany in April 2015. Arctic expert Heather Exner-Pirot looked at the environmental organization's #SavetheArctic campaign and whether it helped, or confused, the public when it came to their understanding of the challenges faced by the Arctic and its indigenous Peoples. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
A Russian icebreaker in the Kara Sea. Russia has extensive infrastructure in the Arctic to support resource development in the region. However, some countries are worried about Russia's increased military infrastructure in the North. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
United States Secretary of State John Kerry receives the gavel from Canadian Minister for the Arctic Council Leona Aglukkaq to take over the chair of the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting Friday, April 24, 2015 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Articles and blogs looking at the work of the international forum were among your most read in 2015. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
Journalist Atle Staalesen (left) and editor Thomas Nilsen (right) in the office of the Independent Barents Observer, the new crowd-funded news site they set up to cover the Barents Arctic. The implosion of their former employer, the Barents Observer, was one of your most read stories this year. (Courtesy the Independent Barents Observer)
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, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a 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 violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

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."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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