Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017
Organized by: Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017
Stories from the North # 1-Charlie
September 23, 2017
Where Are We now?
As some may have heard, the Arctic Tour is currently on hold due to financial constraints. The show was postponed after air show #63 in Yellowknife on July 9 and everyone involved returned home. The executive team has full intention of completing the Tour as soon as government funding arrives. To date, the Tour has been funded by personal means, which has maxed out, with the intent of reimbursement by the grant money. Unfortunately we have had to curtail the last leg of our journey because funds anticipated from the Federal Government have not materialized. These means that we were not able to bring the project to 35 of the communities. CAAT2017 is not just about airshows, it embodies reconciliation through Respect, Celebration, Education, Culture, Unity and National Pride, not just talking but walking the walk of connection and celebration of the North! Aviation is an appropriate conduit to bring much more than airshows to the North. Aviation opened up the North and is still the only year round mode of transportation for people and cargo. Every Northern hamlet has an airport and everyone in the community comes to the show! We pay special attention to Northern Youth encouraging them to be all that they can be, with a particular emphasis on careers in Aviation, so crucial to the North. We hold autograph sessions and talk to the youth about chasing their dreams. We are delighting Elders, most of whom have never seen an airshow before. We are showcasing the North to the rest of Canada. We are not just talking about reconciliation, we are walking the walk of connection and celebration of the North! Seeing the Northern Landscape is amazing but the most touching moments have been about the people: the warm welcome we received in every community, sharing in cultural celebrations such as drumming, drum dancing and throat singing, the Elders whose prayers for amazing weather came true for us, the children singing Oh Canada in Inuktitut, celebrating Canada Day in Baker Lake, the geographical centre of Canada, obvserving the intense patriotism of Northern Canadians,! We pay special attention to Northern Youth encouraging them to be all that they can be, with a particular emphasis on careers in Aviation, so crucial to the North. A local Elder opens every show. We are delighting Elders, most of whom have never seen an airshow before. We are showcasing the North to the rest of Canada. We are not just talking about reconciliation, we are walking the walk of connection and celebration of the North! For anyone who's been following our Facebook page, the stories coming out of this journey are beyond incredible. The Tour was created as a Canada 150 project to bring celebrations North of 60 and help connect north and south. And that is exactly what it is doing. CAAT2017 is all a Canada 150 Project should be and more! Presently we have provided airshows to over 60 communities north of 60.
We invite you to follow us on:
- Facebook: Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017
- Instagram: #arctictour150 and
- Twitter: @ArcticTour150.
*Donations made through this website are a gift to the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour. Each contribution will be pooled to support the project. Should any portion of the project not be completed, any remaining funds will be used to support the ongoing legacy and educationaloutreach mandates of the organization in Northern Canada.
**Kilometre certificate will be shipped through standard mail.