Initiates Rotary And Fixed Wing Service On Baffin Island
By Daniel Baxter
October 4, 2011 - Discovery Air Inc. subsidiaries Air
Tindi Ltd. and Great Slave Helicopters Ltd. have formed
a new partnership – Auyuittuq Aviation – with a group of
Inuit shareholders from the Kivalliq and Baffin regions
of Nunavut to better serve the needs of the burgeoning
mining industry on Baffin Island.
“The mining and exploration industries in Nunavut are growing rapidly and new opportunities are being created almost daily,” said Auyuittuq Aviation President Simon Merkosak.
“It is critical that our local businesses also evolve and expand so that we have the resources and expertise to serve these industries if our local and territorial economies, as well as Nunavummiut, are to benefit from this new period of prosperity.”
the largest and newest federal territory of Canada; it was
separated officially from the Northwest Territories on April 1,
1999, via the Nunavut Act[ and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
Act, though the actual boundaries had been established in 1993.
The creation of Nunavut – meaning "our land" in Inuktitut –
resulted in the first major change to Canada's map since the
incorporation of the new province of Newfoundland in 1949.
comprises a major portion of Northern Canada, and most of the
Canadian Arctic Archipelago, making it the fifth-largest country
subdivision in the world. The capital Iqaluit (formerly
"Frobisher Bay") on Baffin Island, in the east, was chosen by
the 1995 capital plebiscite.
major communities include the regional centres of Rankin Inlet
and Cambridge Bay. Nunavut also includes Ellesmere Island to the
north, as well as the eastern and southern portions of Victoria
Island in the west and Akimiski Island in James Bay to the far
Nunavut is both the least populous and the largest in geography of the provinces and territories of Canada. One of the most remote, sparsely settled regions in the world, it has an estimated population of over 33,000, mostly Inuit, spread over an area the size of Western Europe. Nunavut is also home to the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world, Alert.
Inuit-owned joint venture will provide rotary and fixed-wing charter
services with minority owners Air Tindi and Great Slave Helicopters
conducting all flight operations. “We are proud to partner with national
and industry leaders in the aviation field in this new venture,” added
Merkosak. “The expertise of our partners allows us to offer the best of
both worlds in the aviation industry drawing on their fleets of
approximately 75 helicopters and 21 airplanes.”
will primarily operate out of its main office in Iqaluit, the
administrative and transportation hub of the Qikiqtaaluk Region. It will
focus its efforts on the transportation of workers and freight for the
mining and exploration sectors as well as charter work and wildlife
surveys for the Government of Nunavut.
"Discovery Air subsidiaries Great Slave Helicopters and Air Tindi have a proven track record operating in the harsh environment of Canada's North and creating wealth for our Aboriginal partners," said Discovery Air Executive Vice President Chuck Parker. “We look forward to working with these new Inuit shareholders from the Kivalliq and Baffin regions and Auyuittuq President Simon Merkosak as we strive to build our new venture together.”
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