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                        Chair
Nunasi Corporation                                                    Inuvialuit Development Corporation
(867) 222-2477                                                            (867) 777-7019                                       

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, President
867 983 2000


Baffin Optical Now Offering Eye Exams

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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.

“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!”


2013 Nunasi Scholarship Recipients Announced

Iqaluit, NU (October 15, 2013) – Nunasi Corporation in partnerships with Nuna Logistics, NCC Investment Group Inc., Polar Vision Centres Ltd. and Larga Kitikmeot are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Nunasi Scholarships;

  • Zachary Cousins, Iqaluit, NU, studying Computer Systems Engineering at Carleton University;
  • Norma Dunning, Edmonton, AB, studying to earn her Master of Arts – Native Studies at the University of Alberta;
  • Alyssa Flaherty-Spence, Iqaluit, NU, starting the Juris Doctor – JD/USA/Canada program at Ottawa University;
  • Napatsi Folger, Iqaluit, NU, studying to earn an honours bachelor’s degree – humanities at the University of Toronto;
  • Lynn Kilabuk, Pangnirtung, NU, studying to earn her bachelor’s degree in education at Nunavut Arctic College;
  • Nadia Sammurtok, Rankin Inlet, NU, studying to earn her bachelor’s degree in education at Nunavut Arctic College;
  • Anita Uuttuvak, Pond Inlet, NU, studying to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology;
  • Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, Iqaluit, NU, studying to earn her master’s degree in transcultural psychiatry at McGill University;
  • Krista Zawadski, Rankin Inlet, NU, studying anthropology at the University of British Columbia; and
  • Dianne Iyago, Baker Lake, NU, studying to earn her Bachelor of Science in the Nunavut Arctic College nursing program, receives the Glenna Zelinski Polar Vision Scholarship.

“I’d like to congratulate all the recipients and wish each of the 88 applicants success in their studies. The 2013 Nunasi Scholarships have been awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to their studies. The success of Inuit and Nunavut tomorrow relies on our student’s education today.” Said Okalik Eegeesiak, Chairperson, Nunasi Corporation.

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 Centres and Nunasi Corporation are pleased to award a scholarship.


New Nunasi Company to Offer Financial Services and Conference Facilities


YELLOWKNIFE, NT (August 27, 2013) – Nunasi Corporation is pleased to announce the creation of their newest subsidiary company; Nunasi Financial Services Limited. This new full-service bookkeeping and conference services company will be located on the 2nd Floor of the Nunasi Building on 48th Street in Yellowknife.

“Our bookkeeping staff has done such a great job providing bookkeeping services to our subsidiary companies over the years, that we have decided to expand these services and make them available to other businesses and organizations. I look forward to sharing our successes of this growing company with our partners” said Okalik Eegeesiak, Chairperson, Nunasi Corporation.

Nunasi Financial Services will also operate NFS Conference Services from this location allowing its clients to have the convenience of hosting their regular meetings, AGMs, as well as other events in the NFS conference facilities. NFS Conference Services will also offer in-depth conference and event planning services.

“We have state-of-the-art facilities that are both beautiful and functional and designed to provide our clients with a comfortable and stimulating environment for hosting meetings, training, or other kinds of events.” says Renée Jones, President of Nunasi Financial Services. “We are pleased to invite businesses and other organizations to our Grand Opening Open House on Thursday September 19th, 2013 at 4:30 PM. This will give people a chance to see our facilities and learn about the services we offer.”


2012 Nunasi Scholarships

Nunasi Corporation in partnership with Nuna Logistics, NCC Investment Group Ltd and Larga Kitikmeot have awarded ten $2500 scholarships to:

• Amoudla Makiniq Kootoo, Iqaluit

• Angela Nuliayok Rudolph, Gjoa Haven

• Delma Autut, Chesterfield Inlet

• Laura Arngna’Naaq, Baker Lake

• Nancy Gordon, Rankin Inlet

• Pamela Gross, Cambridge Bay

• Rebecca Hutchings, Cape Dorset

• Shelly O’Gorman, Cambridge Bay

• Teevai Mackay, Iqaluit

• Tracy Wallace, Rankin Inlet2012 scholarships


Inuit Development Corporations Reform Relationship

RDC-RIA-NTI Meet to Reform Nunasi GovernanceIqaluit, Nunavut (Nov. 9, 2012) – The Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Kitikmeot Corporation, Sakku Investments Corporation, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation and Nunasi Corporation have all agreed to restructure the governance of Nunasi Corporation.

“Nunasi’s priority has always been to serve the three regions of Nunavut. As our companies have gained assets and capacity change has always been required to ensure continued growth. It was time for us to review what was working and what needed to be changed.” said Wilfred Wilcox, Chair of the Nunasi Corporation Board of Directors.

The Chair and President of each of the three Regional Development Corporations along with one appointee from each of the three Regional Inuit Associations will form the Nunasi Board of Directors. “As Inuit owned companies we want to make sure we are united. We want to work together for the benefit of our shareholders. We want to be prepared to ensure Inuit benefit from the economic boom Nunavut will see in the coming years.” concluded Wilcox.


For more information contact:

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


Scarlet Security Acquires SECURECheck Ltd


Yellowknife, NWT (Feb. 20, 2013) – Scarlet Security Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of SECURECheck from Nunasi Corporation. The transaction will close on March 1st, 2013 with all SECURECheck line employees joining Scarlet. In addition, Scarlet Security operations (as well those of its sister company Twilite Security Ltd.) will be consolidated at the current SECURECheck location within the Nunasi Corporation Yellowknife office.

Scarlet Security is a remote services incorporated entity, specializing in safety, security and screening support for remote mining, ice roads, pipeline and oil & gas projects.

The acquisition of SECURECheck further expands Scarlet’s remote operations by adding both new regions and complimentary services. Scarlet President Patrick Doyle commented, “SECURECheck is an excellent company that I am proud to add to our brand. I’m excited to see us continue to expand our capabilities and improve the quality and depth of our service to our northern customers. With our recent change to northern ownership last fall, and the conclusion of several new Joint Ventures across the north, and now this acquisition, we are in a great position to respond to the current and future needs in our sector while maximizing local impact and benefits”.

This mutually beneficial transaction has also created a new relationship between Scarlet and Nunasi – that of tenant and landlord. “The sale of SECURECheck is part of Nunasi’s strategy to focus our investment portfolio. Scarlet Security is a northern owned and operated business with many years of experience working in the north. We are pleased to have Scarlet Security as a new tenant in our Yellowknife building.” said Wilfred Wilcox, Chairman of the Nunasi Corporation Board of Directors.


For more information contact:

Patrick Doyle
Scarlet Security Services
867 920 2547

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

About Twilite Security and Scarlet Security

Operating in all three northern territories, Twilite provides security services to a large number of private and government locations such as airports, hospitals, and the NWT legislature. Twilite believes in meeting its business opportunities by developing unique training programs so that employees and managers can be recruited and hired within the community in which they dwell, whenever possible.

Scarlet Security is a remote services corporation, providing specialized expertise to remote mining, ice roads, and oil and gas projects. Clients include the Ice Roads JVMC, a Joint venture between BHP Billiton, Diavik, and DeBeers, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, Enbridge pipelines, as well as all levels of government in both the NWT and Nunavut. Twilite and Scarlet are COR certified to the National standard, and are currently implementing ISO 9001/2000 Standards, with a target for target for ISO certification of late April 2013.