The Canadian Journalism Foundation award gives a young journalist a chance to meet key decision-makers on their beats. Gaul will spend her Greg Clark experience in Cambridge Bay investigating the influence of mining developments in Nunavut.
"The Nunavut Resources Corporation intrigues me because it's an Inuit-owned company that takes an active and direct interest in the business of mining," Gaul said in a press release. "I am hoping the people I meet in Cambridge Bay and within the Nunavut Resources Corporation will help me better understand the impact of Aboriginal participation on mining and the communities involved."[node:ad]
Jury chair and chief political correspondent for Global News Tom Clarks said Gaul’s entry was picked because she chose “to peer into an area where few have gone.”
“The future of resource development in the high North is complex, controversial and critical,” he added. “With the assistance that the Greg Clark Award can provide, Ashleigh can now travel to the remotest parts of this country and find the stories that can only be found there. It's Canadian curiosity at its best."
Gaul will receive her award at the CJF Awards on June 13.