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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.
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?”
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) again invites youth applications (16-30) for positions with the Regional Youth Advisory Group.
Positions available: Two (2). Preference will be given to Aklavik and Sachs Harbour, but we encourage all willing participants to apply.
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) announces a 2019 distribution payment of $651.50 to all enrolled Inuvialuit beneficiaries over the age of 18. In accordance with the IRC Distribution Policy, a total of $3,027,520.50 will be distributed to 4,647 Inuvialuit. Distribution payments will be issued on May 1, 2019.
``The IRC is pleased to provide consistent financial distributions to Inuvialuit beneficiaries,`` said IRC Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith. IRC uses a 10-year average in calculating its beneficiary distributions, ensuring that profits are spread-out for consistent payments. The 2019 distribution payment is a 21% increase over the 2018 payment, a 63% increase over the 2017 payment, and is the highest total distribution payment in ten years.
The ownership groups of First Air and Canadian North today issued the following statement in response to the Competition Bureau’s report regarding a merger between the airlines: “While we acknowledge the Competition Bureau's mandate to provide input to the Minister of Transport for his public interest review of the merger between First Air and Canadian North, its artificially restricted findings in this matter are of limited value and suggest a superficial understanding of the Inuit organizations proposing this solution for sustainable northern transportation. “Our Inuit communities are surprised and extremely dismayed by the report and it is our sincere hope and expectation that the Minister will pursue his mandate of reconciliation and acknowledge that the very organizations proposing this merger have a constitutional mandate to represent the rights and interests of Nunavik and the Inuvialuit Region.