January 10, 2005 - Canadian North to Aid Tsunami Relief Effort

January 10, 2005 - On Sunday, January 9th, Canadian North began a northern wide initiative to directly benefit the communities impacted by the recent tsunami disaster in Asia. On behalf of all of their customers, the airline is donating a percentage of daily ticket sales over the next week to a major charity working to provide relief in the areas affected. After the first day of the initiative, the airline has already raised over $5,000.

In making the announcement, Tom Ruth, President of Canadian North said, “Immediately we wanted to lend support and after contacting several associations and organizations with an offer to provide freight and cargo services, we were advised that the most pressing need was for financial assistance to address the growing costs of the relief efforts.”

The airline indicates they are continuing to pursue opportunities for cargo and other airlift services from the north. Canadian North will select a major Canadian government approved charity, and the funds will be donated to the organization(s) that is most directly meeting the needs of the affected tsunami communities.

Kelly Kaylo, Director, Marketing & Sales explained, “We want our customers’ contribution to have the maximum impact, and selecting the right agency will ensure the funds are best directed to those in greatest need.”

Canadian North is a member of the NorTerra Group of Companies whose parent corporation, NorTerra Inc., is owned equally by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic and by Nunasi Corporation representing the Inuit of Nunavut.