In the heart of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, home to the Inuit of the western Canadian Arctic, a true nation-building project is taking shape. The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway will be completed in 2017, just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Expected to add almost $800 million to Canada’s GDP, what business opportunities will all-weather road access to the Arctic Ocean create for the Inuvialuit and for Edmonton? Inuvialuit political and business leaders will not only explore this opportunity, but also share their successes, lessons learned, and future plans to ensure that Inuvialuit are equal and meaningful participants in the northern and national economies.
About the Inuvialuit:
Since signing the Northwest Territories’ first comprehensive land claim agreement in 1984, the Inuvialuit have grown their community’s assets to more than $750 million. Their holdings include several companies either based in Edmonton or with significant operations in the city, including Canadian North, BBE, Northern Transportation Company Ltd, Northern Industrial Sales, and Weldco-Beales Mfg.