2014 Nunasi Scholarship Recipients Announced


Iqaluit, NU (October 2, 2014) – Nunasi Corporation in partnerships with Nuna Logistics, NCC Investment Group Inc., Polar Vision Centres Ltd., Nunasi Financial Services and Larga Kitikmeot are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Nunasi Scholarships;

• Rebecca Mearns, Master of Arts, Geography
• Eileen Kilabuk-Weber, Master of Business Administration – Community Economic Development
• Sophia Lebessie, Masters of Education
• Rhonda Nimiqtaqtuq, Bachelor of Education
• Gayle Kabloona, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Urban Studies
• Diane Marin, Bachelor of Science, Major in Kinesiology
• Gerald Anawak, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Geography
• Stephanie Kootoo-Chiarello, Bachelor of Arts Honours, Major in Human Rights
• Zachary Cousins, Bachelor of Engineering;
• Nadia Sammurtok, Bachelor of Education;
• Anita Uuttuvak, Psychology Undergraduate Degree;
• Mary Jewell, Optician License receives the Glenna Zelinski Polar Vision Scholarship;
• And Lori Tagoona, BBA – Business Accounting receives the Nunasi Financial Services Scholarship.

“We had many very good applicants. These students have demonstrated their commitment to their studies through their academic performance and dedication to attaining their respective degrees.” said Archie Angnakak, CEO, Nunasi Corporation.

Each scholarship is $2500. Glenna Zelinski (1970 – 2002) worked with Polar Vision Centres from 1994 to 2002. She was a dedicated employee who showed compassion for all customers. In memory of Glenna, Polar Vision and Nunasi are pleased to award a scholarship in her name.

The Nunasi Financial Services Scholarship is designated for
accounting students. Lori Tagoona, studying to earn her BBA is the inaugural recipient.


For further information, please contact:
Archie Angnakak, CEO
Nunasi Corporation
867 979 2175

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Photos from the 2014 Kitikmeot Community Tour with Jordin Tootoo

Nunasi with partners NCC Investment Group, Nuna Logistics, Kitikmeot Corporation, Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Canadian North and TMAC Resources sponsored a community tour with Jordin Tootoo in all five Kitikmeot communities.

During the community tour Jordin shares personal experiences of his trials and tribulations and how important it is to reach out for help in times of need. He also promotes healthy, active living.

Thank you to Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Talyoak and Kugaaruk for welcoming the community tour in your community

Click here to view photos from the 2014 community tour.


2014 Community Tour with Jordin Tootoo

June 16, 4 pm, Kugluktuk
June 17, 1 pm Kugaaruk
June 17, 6 pm Taloyoak
June 18, 11 am Cambridge Bay
June 18, 3 pm Gjoa Haven



2014 Nunasi Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Iqaluit, NU (May 22, 2014) – The Nunasi Scholarship applications are being accepted online at www.nunasi.com.

10 scholarships are available to Beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement who will be attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the 2014/2015 school year. Applications will be scored on academic performance and commitment.

“We changed the application form last year to make it completely objective based on the applicant’s academic results. Applicants who are achieving good grades and who are in their second last or final year of study will have the best chance of receiving the scholarship. We want to reward those striving for excellence and completion of their
studies.” Said Okalik Eegeesiak.

The scholarships are made possible by Nunasi Corporation, Nuna Logistics, NCC Investment Group Inc., Polar Vision Centres Ltd. and Larga Kitikmeot.


For further information, please contact:

Franco Buscemi
Director, Communications and Marketing
Nunasi Corporation
O) 867 979 2160
C) 867 222 2477

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Nunasi and QC Appoint New President to Larga Baffin

larga-qc-nunasiOttawa, ON (May 5, 2014) – Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of Nunasi Corporation and Levi Barnabas, Chair of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation have appointed Lynn Kilabuk as President of Larga Baffin medical boarding home in Ottawa, On.

Larga Baffin is jointly owned by Nunasi Corporation and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation. The President of Larga Baffin is responsible for overseeing the operations of a medical boarding home located in Ottawa servicing the 13 communities of the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut.

“As a former Vice-President of QC we are very happy to see Lynn return to the QC group as President of Larga Baffin. Her experience and familiarity with the operations and the region are
an asset for the company and our clients.” Said Barnabas.

“It is crucial that the President of Larga Baffin is able to effectively manage the business operations as well as know and be able to communicate with and for its clients. We know Lynn will ensure the operations will be at the best level possible for Inuit traveling to Ottawa for medical appointments.” Said Eegeesiak.


For further information, please contact:

Franco Buscemi
Director, Communications Marketing
Nunasi Corporation
867 222 2477



Nuna East – New Model for Inuit Business Partnering

nuna_eastIqaluit, Nunavut (April 9, 2014) – The Nuna East Ltd. Board of Directors are pleased to announce that they have completed a strategic planning and board meeting on April 1, 2014. All shareholders are very pleased with the first year of operations and are committed to the long-term success of Nuna East.

Nunasi Corporation, the management of Nuna Logistics and the three community co-operatives of Pond Inlet, Igloolik and Hall Beach own Nuna East in partnership.

“Nuna East has proven to be an effective model of partnering utilizing the expertise of Inuit owned companies and community co-ops to benefit
Nunavummiut, our communities and clients.” said Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of Nunasi Corporation.

“Through Nuna East we are able to create an avenue where communities can receive direct financial benefits and gain opportunities through business development and growth and employment and training from the industry development taking place in their backyard.” Continued Eegeesiak.

Nuna East specializes in remote northern development focusing on heavy civil developments, winter road and all weather road construction, mining exploration, mining, quarrying operations, construction site services, life of mine site support services and oil and gas support and infrastructure construction services.

“Nuna East has successfully carried out infrastructure development projects at Baffinland’s Mary River site and I hope the business relations between Baffinland, Nuna East and other Inuit owned companies will grow through
the implementation of the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement between the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland.” Concluded Eegeesiak.


For further information, please contact:
Franco Buscemi
Director of Communications and Marketing
Nunasi Corporation
(867) 222-2477

Members of the Nuna East Board of Directors

Members of the Nuna East Board of Directors

About Co-ops

The community
owned Co-operatives in the Arctic are multi-purpose businesses that provide a wide range of services to their members and their communities. Services provided by local Co-ops include retail stores, hotel and tourism operations, cable television, arts and craft marketing, fuel distribution, construction & heavy equipment services, property rental and a variety of agency type services.

About Nunasi Corporation

Nunasi Corporation is a 100% Inuit owned and Nunavut owned business Development Company, with investments in construction, real estate, logistics, expediting, bulk fuel storage and supply, medical boarding homes and digital communications.

About Nuna Logistics

Nuna Logistics was established in 1993 to provide logistical, construction and mining services to Canada’s northern mining industry; utilizing the knowledge and
expertise of its management team and Inuit partners, familiar with arctic operations. Services offered: pre-strip and open pit mining; site and exploration services; infrastructure planning and development; dam, frozen core dam, dike, runway and all-weather road construction; earthworks and crushing services; winter/ice road construction, maintenance and dispatching services; and heavy equipment simulator training.

Nunasi Corporation and Kitikmeot Corporation own 51% in partnership with Nuna Logistics Management Group who own 49% of Nuna Logistics.


IDC and Nunasi Reach Agreement on NorTerra Inc. Ownership

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April 1, 2014 – Wayne Gordon, Chair of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC) and Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of Nunasi Corporation are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached for IDC to purchase Nunasi’s 50% interest in NorTerra Inc.

It was determined that the purchase was in the best interest of both parties, allowing IDC the opportunity to focus on NorTerra’s operations and for Nunasi to focus on its restructuring to be more accountable to Nunavut beneficiaries.

“Under IDC’s ownership, NorTerra and its subsidiaries will continue to operate as usual,
and customers can be assured that there will be no change in the level of service provided by the companies, including Canadian North’s operations in Nunavut and NTCL’s operations in the Kitikmeot,” said Gordon.

“We are pleased to have completed a win-win business transaction with our colleagues at IDC. With the sale of the NorTerra Inc. shares, the Nunasi Board of Directors has positioned Nunasi to grow our businesses and align our business interests with the three Regional Development Corporations for the betterment of Nunavummiut,” said Eegeesiak.

Nunasi and IDC will continue to promote business growth in the Arctic together. IDC and Nunasi are shareholders of two other companies, National Aboriginal Services Company (NASCo) and Pan Arctic Inuit Logistics (PAIL).


For further information, please contact:

Franco Buscemi                                                          Wayne Gordon
Director, Communications Marketing                
Nunasi Corporation                                                    Inuvialuit Development Corporation
(867) 222-2477                                                            (867) 777-7019
franco@nunasi.com                                                 wgordon@inuvialuit.com

About IDC

The Inuvialuit Development Corporation is a 100% Inuvialuit owned investment, venture capital and management holding company, offering a fully integrated package of expertise, skills, and resources to support industry ventures in the Western Arctic.

About Nunasi

Nunasi Corporation is a 100% Inuit owned and Nunavut owned business Development Company, with investments in construction, real estate, logistics, expediting, bulk fuel storage and supply, medical boarding
homes and digital communications.

About NorTerra

NorTerra is a private investment-focused management and holding company that has serviced Canada’s North since 1985.  NorTerra’s member companies include:

  • Canadian North – Canada’s foremost northern jet airline: providing scheduled passenger and cargo services throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut and charter services across North America.
  • Northern Transportation Company Limited (NTCL) – A major provider of marine transportation: handling freight and cargo across Canada, Alaska and the Arctic.
  • Braden-Burry Expediting (BBE) – One of the largest logistics companies in Northern Canada offering global expediting, supply chain logistics, project staffing and freight and cargo handling.
  • Northern Industrial Sales(NIS) – A supplier of industrial equipment
    supplies serving the logging, forestry, oil, gas and mining industries through 13 branches as well as individuals in Northern British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Weldco-Beales Manufacturing – manufacturer of custom-designed heavy equipment attachments and truck mounted telescopic cranes for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) dedicated to servicing the construction, resource, forestry, mining, scrap recycling and road maintenance industries.

BBE and Kitnuna form new joint venture Kitnuna Braden-Burry Expediting Ltd.

KBXCambridge Bay, Nunavut (March 4, 2014) – Mr. David Omilgoitok, President of KBX is pleased to announce the incorporation of Kitnuna Braden-Burry Expediting Ltd, “KBX”.

Headquartered in Cambridge Bay, NU, KBX brings together the strengths of two great northern companies with over 50 years of experience in logistics and supply chain management, Kitnuna and BBE. Kitnuna Corporation is owned jointly by Kitikmeot Corporation and Nunasi Corporation. BBE is wholly owned by NorTerra Inc.

As development in the Kitikmeot Region advances, the need for full supply chain services has been amplified and developing that service is a common goal of Kitnuna
and BBE. Well executed logistics will be a major factor dictating the success of projects in the region and their success is essential to the economic and social development of the Kitikmeot.

Allen Cole, President and CEO, Kitnuna Corporation, “KBX will bring a lot of experience and capacity to the table as a logistics solution provider which has been recognized by project proponents with whom we have discussed combining our resources.”

Heather Stewart, President BBE, “We have worked together in different capacities over the years and this venture was an easy next step to formalize our relationship for the benefit of our clients and our shareholders. Mr. Omilgoitok’s vision here was instrumental.”

Collectively the enterprise brings together over one hundred fifty employees and locations across the Arctic and Southern Canada.


For more information contact:

David Omilgoitok, 
867 983 2000


Baffin Optical Now Offering Eye Exams

Baffin Optical is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathy Bourget O.D.Baffin Optical is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathy Bourget O.D.

Iqaluit, NU (March 4, 2014) – Nunasi Corporation is pleased to announce that Baffin Optical has expanded their services and now offers eye exams making it the first one stop shop for eye exams, prescription eye glasses and contact lenses in Nunavut.

n“When we consider opportunities to grow our businesses, we take into account the sustainability of the opportunity and the impact it will have on our communities. This new service Baffin Optical provides will greatly improve access in Iqaluit and across the Qikiqtaaluk region. Previously it was not uncommon to wait months to see an eye doctor in Iqaluit, now with Baffin Optical you can make an appointment to see our resident eye doctor.” Said Okalik Eegeesiak, Chairperson, Nunasi Corporation.

To make appointments clients can call 867 979 4300 or toll-free 1 888 244 0084. With the new service offered Baffin Optical has moved to a larger location. Baffin Optical is now located at Iqaluit House, building 622, unit 99 (across from the post office).

Baffin Optical is part of Polar Vision Centres Ltd. Nunasi established Polar Vision in Yellowknife in 1986 and opened Baffin Optical in Iqaluit in 1989. As a subsidiary company of Nunasi, Polar Vision and Baffin Optical are 100% Inuit-owned.

Polar Vision operates two optical outlets in Yellowknife and Iqaluit (Baffin Optical), with the opticians of Polar Vision traveling to other communities all across the NWT and Nunavut.


For further information, please contact:

Franco Buscemi
Director, Communications and Marketing
Nunasi Corporation
O) 867 979 2160
C) 867 222 2477

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Nunasi Donates to Christmas Celebrations for Nunavummiut

Iqaluit, NU (December 18, 2013) – Nunasi Corporation Chairperson, Okalik Eegeesiak is pleased to announce that Nunasi has contributed $15 000 for Christmas celebrations.

Nunasi has donated $500 to all 25 communities in Nunavut, the Tungasuvvingat Inuit in Ottawa, Larga Baffin in Ottawa, Larga Kivalliq in Winnipeg, Larga Ltd. in Edmonton, and Larga Kitikmeot in Yellowknife.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The weather outside is frightful but the Christmas games are so delightful. The Board is delighted to contribute to the joyous festive atmosphere that will fill our community halls across Nunavut.” Said Eegeesiak.

While the Hamlets are busy planning Christmas games and dances, the Larga homes will also be hosting Christmas celebrations for the patients who are not going to be in their home communities during the holidays.

“On behalf of the
Board I’d like to wish Nunavummiut across Canada a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”