ITK is calling for air transportation to be designated an essential service in Inuit Nunangat for the duration of the COVID-19 response. In winter and spring, airline travel routes are lifelines, the equivalent to roads and railways in southern Canada. They are the sole entry points for food, medicine and other essential supplies in all but two of 51 Inuit communities, and a critical means of travel for patients requiring advanced medical treatment.
ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᖃᖖᒋᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ (ITK) ᐃᓕᑕᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᒪᕗᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᕐᓂᖏᑕ ᐃᑲᔪᓕᕆᐊᕐᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᑦᑕ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒦᑎᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᒥᐊᓂᕆᔭᐅᑦᓯᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᖖᒋᑦᑎᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ (ITK) ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖃᕐᒪᑕ ᐳᕝᕕᕆᓇᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ (COVID-19) ᖃᓂᒪᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᐅᓯᒪᓕᕆᐊᕈᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑦᓯᓂᖃᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᓯᓂᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᐱᖃᓯᐅᑎᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᓯᑕᒪᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᕆᓂᕐᓂ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓯᓚᑖᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᐅᔪᑦ.