Canada’s northern affairs minister to attend ICC general assembly in Alaska

Utqiagvik, Alaska in 2005. This Arctic Alaskan city is hosting the 2018 Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly. (Al Grillo/AP/The Canadian Press)
Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, will participate in the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s general assembly in Alaska this week.

Bennett will participate in the gathering as it gets underway on Monday, said a news release from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada issued on Sunday.

Carolyn, Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, at Question Period in Ottawa in June 2018. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The Inuit Circumpolar Council  (ICC) represents the approximately 160,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States.  The ICC meets every four years to elect a new chair and executive council and to establish the organization’s focus for the next four years.

The organization is also a permanent participant on the Arctic Council, a forum made up of the world’s eight circumpolar nations and six Arctic Indigenous groups.

The ICC was established in 1977 to advance Inuit concerns on the international stage, strengthen cross-border political and economic collaboration, and promote policies to preserve the environment in the Arctic.

This year’s meeting is being held in Utqiaġvik, Alaska.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)
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Norway: Norway and Sweden in quarrel over cross-border reindeer grazing, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia plans fenced parks to confine reindeer herding in Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Report sheds light on Swedish minority’s historic mistreatment, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaskan Inuit dialect added to Facebook’s Translate app, CBC 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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