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Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) are pleased to announce that they have completed the transaction to merge First Air and Canadian North into a strong, sustainable Pan-Arctic airline. This means that First Air and Canadian North will be able to begin the process of integrating their operations, with further details on the timing and duration of this process to be released very soon.
The unified Canadian North will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of the people and organizations that rely on the availability of safe, reliable and cost-effective air service. Johnny Adams, who is currently Executive Chairman of First Air, will serve as Executive Chairman of the merged airline. Patrick Gruben, the current Chairman of Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Chairman of Canadian North, will assume the role of Vice-Chairman. Together, they will provide steady, northern-focused guidance and oversight to the merged airline on behalf of all Northerners.
Makivik Corporation (Makivik) and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG) today announced they have received all regulatory approvals to merge First Air and Canadian North in order to provide the best possible air services across the Arctic.
This milestone represents a victory for all Northerners, as the ownership groups have worked diligently over many years within Arctic communities, in consultation with Inuit and other stakeholders, and alongside territorial and federal governments to develop a clear, realistic plan for a strong, sustainable Northern airline.
Friday June 7, 2019, Inuvik, Inuvialuit Settlement Region – Climate change disproportionately affects the Inuit Nunangat environment, significantly changing the Inuit way of life and the wildlife and ecosystems that have sustained Inuit since time immemorial. The National Inuit Climate Change Strategy (NICCS), launched today in Inuvik, is an Inuit-led response to the global climate crisis. It is accompanied by first-year implementation funding of $1 million from the Government of Canada.
Summer Literacy Camps to be Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019 in all Inuvialuit Settlement Region Communities.
The United States has set an unfortunate precedent by refusing to agree to compromise language that would have allowed the Arctic Council’s Finnish Chairmanship to issue a final declaration.
“Refusing to allow the words ‘climate change’ into the declaration is a moral failure,” said Dalee Sambo Dorough, International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, which represents 165,000 Inuit in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Chukotka, Russia. “This is the first time the Arctic Council has failed to issue a declaration at the end of a two-year chairmanship, and it’s a serious blow to the future of what is supposed to be a consensus based body,” Sambo Dorough added. “Inuit are feeling the effects of climate change everyday. “While the US Government concerns itself with semantics, playing games with words, our people are witnessing the adverse impacts of climate change. What about us and our reality?”
Call out for Elders! IRC is looking for 5 Elders from each ISR Community to attend a 3-day workshop in Inuvik, where we will discuss community development plans and where we want to improve health and wellness for elders. The 3-Day workshop will be June 18-20, 2019.
Submit your name and application by May 31.
The Regional Youth Advisory Group (RYAG) is a group of inspired youth across the ISR who work to provide ongoing consultation and recommendations on issues that improve and enhance programs relevant to the cultural well-being and quality of life of Inuvialuit youth within the framework of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). One of the main objectives of the RYAG is to engage local youth. As a result, RYAG is issuing a Youth Funding Challenge to all youth within the ISR. Through TakingItGlobal and the #RisingYouth funding grants this opportunity allows for youth (aged 15-30) to create events/programs that are tailored to their needs and aspirations.