The Council, a forthcoming CBC-TV thriller centred on a small-town murder that ultimately unveils a global conspiracy over Arctic resources, will begin shooting in the North this summer.

The international thriller comes from award-winning Canadian screenwriter and producer René Balcer, the Emmy and Peabody-winning Law & Order writer who rose to become executive producer and showrunner. He also created the spin-off Law & Order: Criminal Intent with Dick Wolf.

A Canadian-British co-production, The Council begins production in Resolute, Iqaluit, London, Copenhagen and in Manitoba this summer. Casting information has not yet been announced.

The series follows a local RCMP inspector and her Inuit partner who are assigned to investigate the ritualistic murder of a renowned environmentalist near Resolute. 

"The pair quickly discovers that the mystery extends far beyond the borders of the town and to the back rooms of Canadian parliament in Ottawa, the dark corridors of U.S. intelligence in Washington, D.C., the halls of European parliament in Brussels, the air bases of world powers and the migrant conflicts at the border of Norway and Russia," according to the show producers.

René Balcer

Montreal-born René Balcer, well known as the showrunner, head writer and executive producer of the iconic Law & Order series, has won an Emmy, the Peabody Award, a Writers Guild of America Award and four Edgar Awards for his television work. (Hugh Hamilton)

"It all traces back to the Arctic, as they gradually expose a complex international conspiracy to control the vast natural resources at the top of the world."

Montreal-born Balcer has been interested in the Arctic and its indigenous culture since childhood and, as a college student, worked a construction job "at the mouth of the Mackenzie River."

The Council is "an exciting mystery and a political intrigue set against a wide canvas -— climate change, aboriginal extinction, competition for resources. As a story-teller, I couldn't ask for more," he said.

The 10-episode series is slated to debut on CBC-TV this fall.