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OTTAWA – Monday April 23, 2007 – Nineteen senior civil servants from the Government of Canada are heading to the Kitikmeot Region today. ITK President Mary Simon welcomed the delegation at a briefing session Thursday April 19th in Ottawa. “You are the largest group ever to participate in the ITK Inuit Arctic Tour. It’s fitting considering the issues Inuit are faced with. Climate change is affecting the Arctic most severely. I know your eyes will be opened by taking this journey to the Arctic to see for yourselves what the largest geographic region of Canada is like, and to meet directly with Inuit of all ages.”
The schedule of briefings and meetings includes land based excursions in Cambridge Bay and Gjoa Haven where the group will learn of climate change in its proper context. Highlights of this year’s tour include official meetings with Inuit development organizations in Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit, notably the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. For the first time in the history of the tour the group will visit the facilities of Nasittuq Corporation, which conducts the operations and maintenance of the North Warning System. Schools, and medical facilities are also on the itinerary.Today the group will don steel toed boots for a tour of the Diavik Diamond mine, en route to the Kitikmeot region from Yellowknife. Canadian North sponsored today’s lunch at the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre.
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