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Message from the Chair

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Hello Inuvialuit,

I am pleased to say that we received the 2017/18 housing project funds from the Federal Government and have developed upcoming projects with the NWT Housing Corporation. Additional training programs took place to employ beneficiaries and others to work on these projects. Individual contractors or service providers who expressed interest were advised that they could be considered, but we must abide by the budget.

As you may be aware, IRC is seeking funds from the Federal Government to assess some of the oil and gas fields which will become easily accessible upon completion of the Inuvik-Tuk Highway. By evaluating these sites, there is the possibility of a field which could be economically feasible to develop and provide a secure energy source to surrounding communities, given the emerging technologies and the ability to develop micro plants.

In regards to Inuvialuit Land Administration Commission (ILAC), the IRC board members were asked to seek guidance from their Community Corporation directors and communities on its future role as well as activities to undertake moving forward.

I recently attended the Circumpolar Inuit Economic Summit hosted by ICC Alaska which resulted in a commitment by Inuit from Greenland, Alaska and Canada to develop a working committee to explore economic opportunities for Inuit to engage in as well as ensure that benefits would remain within the Inuit organizations.

IRC completed its financial restructuring; an agreement was reached with CIBC. I am pleased to report that in 2016, the Inuvialuit Corporate Group had a profit and was able to meet our commitment to pay an annual distribution to the beneficiaries.

IRC staff worked on their annual workplans to implement and deliver the Inuvialuit Strategic Plan as well as other objectives within their respective agreements with the various governments.

Now that spring is here, it is understandable for individuals and families to take advantage of the weather and spring harvests. Although we fully support this part of our culture along with passing on knowledge to the next generations, it is also a crucial time for students to maintain their attendance at school and to be properly prepared for the upcoming exams. IRC strongly encourages parents to ensure their children attend school consistently and take advantage of the available tutor support program.

The IRC Board just concluded its meetings with the GNWT Premier and Cabinet with a focus on improving the implementation of the IFA amongst many other initiatives related to the ISR. We are also working on the development of an IFA 101 course that will initially focus on educating the next generation of Inuvialuit to develop the skillset for continued IFA implementation. Lastly, we are planning for Inuvialuit Day on June 5 to mark the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the IFA.

I would like to welcome the Mayors across the NWT who are currently holding their AGM in Inuvik and stressed that IRC is prepared to work with them on matters that are mutually beneficial.

For those going out on the land or springing out, travel safe!

Quyanainni! Koana! Quyanaqpak!

Duane Ningaqsiq Smith
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation