November 9, 2018 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Makivik Corporation is very concerned for the people of Iqaluit after learning about a fire at the Northmart store which has destroyed part of the building and its contents. Makivik is reaching out to help.
“It’s unbelievable that this has happened in the Capital City of Nunavut which not only has the largest population in the territory but is also the service center for the Eastern Arctic, “ says President Charlie Watt .
The annual sealift operation has recently closed with the arrival of winter. Losing infrastructure with supplies for the winter is tragic because of the high cost of flying goods to the Arctic.
“We want the leaders of Nunavut to know we are here to help in any way we can. You only need to get a hold of us at Makivik, and we are ready to provide support until Iqaluit has its store back again,” said Charlie Watt.
Makivik Corporation wholly owns two major airlines in Canada’s North, First Air and Air Inuit which serves the travel and cargo needs of the communities.
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Makivik is the land claims organization mandated to manage the heritage funds of the Inuit of Nunavik provided for under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. Makivik’s role includes the administration and investment of these funds and the promotion of economic growth by providing assistance for the creation of Inuit-operated businesses in Nunavik. Makivik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language as well as the health, welfare, relief of poverty, and education of Inuit in the communities