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Ottawa should declare northern flights essential as ‘decimated’ service puts Inuit at risk of losing ‘only link’ to key services, says ITK

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The government said it is committed to ‘maintaining a focused, safe and reliable air transport network for these communities.’

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed says Ottawa should declare air transport an essential service for Inuit in the north. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The COVID-19 crisis “shines a light on” the inequities between northern Inuit communities and the south on infrastructure and access to health care, says Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed, who is calling on Ottawa to fund and declare an “essential service” the air transportation that alleviates the gaps even as they widen with the outbreak ravaging air carriers’ bottom lines.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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