Up Here - September 2006

Up Here - September 2006

Up Here: Explore Canada's Far North is a magazine about the people, the land and the stories of the North. To learn more, visit www.uphere.ca.

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Celebrating the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 

Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex were greeted in true Canadian North fashion in Edmonton this summer. Prince Edward and Princess Sophie disembarked the chartered Canadian North aircraft* donning the proud polar bear, midnight sun and northern lights and were greeted by drum dancers who made the trip from Inuvik. The drum dancers led the Royals and the procession of VIP passengers into the Canadian North charter terminal where the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, Anthony Whitford officially welcomed the Royal couple to Edmonton.

Tom Ruth, president of Canadian North kicked off the ceremony with a resounding endorsement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program and explained the three year commitment the airline has made to make it easier for northern youth to get involved and to assist the leaders to get to the smaller communities to recruit participants. “It is a privilege to be associated with such a world renowned program and to be able to bring it to our own young people. It’s a perfect fit for us because it gives young people the opportunity to challenge themselves in aspects of their lives from becoming contributing members of their community to developing a new skill. Our young beneficiaries can work with the elders and community leaders to complete the Award which allows them to explore their own culture and build their self esteem,” said Ruth.

Peter Tatty, Chairman of NorTerra (Canadian North’s ownership group), presented Prince Edward with a stunning muskox carving on behalf of the Inuvialuit of the western Arctic and the Inuit of Nunavut who are the beneficiaries of Canadian North.

Prince Edward was notably impressed with the welcome and the representation of northern youth. He explained that the north is a perfect backyard for the expedition portion of the program and the service portion may help to create a bridge with cultural learning and a connection with elders.

Ms. Lindsay Lloyd made the trip from Iqaluit to eloquently explain why she is completing the program – she is currently working on her Gold Award. She joked about the pressure of speaking right after His Royal Highness. A moving throat singing performance brought the ceremony to a close.

Canadian North is pleased to be a part of this program and will do their part to make it possible for young people in the north to reach their highest potential.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Details

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive program of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability.

There are four elements each participant must complete to receive the award.

  • Service (helping other people in the local community)
  • Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical Recreation (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Residential Project – Gold Award only (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)

If you would like more information of how to get involved in the NWT/Nunavut program go to www.dukeofed.org or call toll-free: 1-800- 668-3853.

More than 115 countries now offer The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and almost 6 million young people have taken part. The Award is amongst the highest accolades a young Canadian can receive, and some 30,000 are currently participating.

Check-in Using Our Enhanced Website!

We recently added web check-in at www.canadiannorth.com. Go online and print your
boarding pass, then all you need to do is proceed directly to security (drop your bags
at check-in if needed).

New Features

In addition, our user friendly reservations system now has enhanced accuracy and
security. The new features include:

  • Guest Booking – Now make multiple bookings or make reservations for your colleagues or family members without requiring their personal information.
  • View Itinerary – If you need to recall your itinerary go online and view your next flight scheduled. Now any flights booked through Canadian North (1-800 reservation line or the website) will be accessible online.
  • Make Changes – You can now change your reservations or make a cancellation and receive refunds.
  • Additional Security – All transactions require the Card Security Code (CSC) of the person making the booking. Our secure online booking system uses the same encryption system that banks use for their online banking.
  • E-ticket Receipts – Print your receipts and keep track of your travel expenses.

Your Canadian North User Profile

Set up your profile with Canadian North today and discover many time-saving benefits when you make your next booking. Your profile will record important information that will allow us to serve you better including Aeroplan membership information, seating & meal preferences. It will also provide password recovery assistance and let you view prior reservations. For your ultimate peace of mind, credit card storage is optional and we’ve included fewer mandatory fields.

Fall Schedule Gets You Connected

In August, Canadian North’s new schedule began facilitating enhanced onward connections on Canadian North to other communities. The following is a summary of these changes.

If you are travelling from Yellowknife:

  • Non-stop service to Inuvik on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Non-stop service to Calgary on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Early arrival into Calgary and Edmonton provides enhanced connections to the rest of the world
  • Later Saturday and Sunday morning departure to Edmonton •
  • Earlier evening arrival time from Edmonton and Calgary

If you are travelling from Calgary:

  • Non-stop service to Yellowknife on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • One-stop service to Inuvik and Norman Wells on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Later morning departure time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

If you are travelling from Cambridge Bay:

New shorter overnight connection in Yellowknife on Monday and Tuesday