Air Inuit – A Lifeline to the North

Posted on March 15, 2020 under Storytelling with no comments yet


Isolation is a double-edged sword.

During this pandemic, several people have commented that it must be comforting to be in such an isolated part of the country, as if we were somehow immune to Covid-19.

Quite frankly, I can’t think of anywhere that is 100% safe these days.

Many people in our village travel to Montreal on a regular basis and some people vacation in other parts of the world.

Living in the North requires many things including great faith in the system, especially the airline industry. Particularly in the winter, we rely entirely on airlines to provide us with goods and services. Our food is flown in as well as cargo that is essential to keep the communities in the north running smoothly. They are particularly crucial when it comes to health care. While many northern villages have well run medical clinics, they are not equipped to handle more serious medical matters.

I walk to the airport in Kangiqsujuaq nearly every Saturday and Sunday. I know most of the workers and they know me. They either call me MacDonald or Len. These are great people. They work for Air Inuit.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the folks at Air Inuit for providing a vital service 12 months of the year. During a serious situation like the outbreak of coronavirus, one is more conscious of just how important these people are.

This morning I dropped by the airport to thank them.

One other thing. There are still skeptics out there who think that this pandemic is overblown and exaggerated. I thought this comment by a Superintendent of schools in Halifax, Nova Scotia spoke volumes:

“In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.”


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