The Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) and Homelessness, and Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and CEO of Inuvialuit Regional Co
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Aklavik, or Aklarvik, (meaning "grizzly bear place”) is located on the bank of the Peel River and at the foot of the Richardson Mountains. With a population of 630 people, the hamlet is the most western community in the Northwest Territories.
The community was established in 1912 as a trading post by the Hudson’s Bay Company - after a conflict between the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in caused the former to no longer travel to Fort McPherson to trade. Aklavik quickly became the crown jewel of the northern fur industry with large amounts of muskrat, beaver, white fox, and lynx coming through the community. The trapping tradition continues to this day with both young and old actively engaged in trapping, hunting and fishing.
Aklavik is also strong in other traditions such as drum dancing, with the region wide revival spurred on by members of the Aklavik Delta Drummers and Dancers.
At the most recent IRC Board of Directors meeting, held on February 21 to 23 in Inuvik, Gerald (Jerry) Inglangasuk was elected the new Vice-Chair and Eddie Dillon was elected the new Secretary/Trea
Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC) announced that arrangements have been concluded to transfer ownership of Canadian North and Weldco-Beales Manufacturing directly into IDC.