By every indication, Wednesday, May 13 was a typical day for Canadian North. There was clear weather across the North, all of its scheduled flights operated on time and passengers and cargo moved smoothly throughout its network. The sheer ordinariness of this day amidst the ongoing COVID-19 challenges made it a suitable moment in time to be captured for posterity.
Nunavimmiut and all other northerners have seen unprecedented changes in their lives as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Airlines are vital lifeline for everyone North of 60, so Canadian North’s team members have worked hard to maintain the uninterrupted flow of critical workers, medical travel, food, municipal materials and other essential services. This has required incredible teamwork and close coordination with Inuit organizations, federal, regional, territorial and municipal governments and its customers and partners. It has also meant taking difficult but necessary steps such as temporary schedule revisions, staff reductions and changes to inflight services. While this will be remembered as a challenging time, it will be an important chapter in northern history that has highlighted the determination, adaptability, concern for others and strong sense of community that defines the North.
Canadian North team members captured and submitted over 1,000 photos and video clips of what their day looked like on May 13. A small sampling of these submissions were compiled into a video – ‘A Day in the Life of Canadian North’ – that can be viewed at www.canadiannorth.com/day-in-the-life. While it only captures a small sampling of what was seen, heard and experienced on that ordinary day, it sums up Canadian North’s deep appreciation to its customers, communities and friends for their patience, understanding, kindness and support while everyone works together to stay safe, healthy and well. Nakurmiik.