The Inuit in Nunavut, northern Quebec and northern Labrador could soon be running a joint Arctic cruise line that would bring people up to visit one of the most beautiful areas in the world.
Most people prefer to head south to hotter climates, but the Inuit are banking on easier access through the Northwest passage that would enable larger ships to reach remote destinations.
Cruise North Expeditions, owned by the Makivik Corporation, currently offers summer cruises through Nunavik and Nunavut.
If the three Inuit groups pool their resources, they could expand Cruise North’s business and either purchase their own ship or lease another vessel, or both. A joint partnership could boost the number of Inuit working on the cruise ships from the current level of 14 out of 60.
A decision on the new cruise line is slated for the fall.