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NEWS: Nunavut November 15, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Arviat gets $105,000 from CanNor for ecotourism projects: Aglukkaq

Money "will help the Hamlet of Arviat strengthen and diversify its tourism opportunities"

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The new "Visit Arviat" website for the Hamlet of Arviat contains this map as well as other information for visits to the Kivalliq community.

To develop and promote eco-tourism in Arviat, the Hamlet of Arviat can count on $105,100 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, says Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, who is also the federal minister responsible for health and the Arctic Council.

“The tourism sector generates important economic activity in northern communities and this investment will help the Hamlet of Arviat strengthen and diversify its tourism opportunities,” Aglukkaq said in a Nov. 15 news release.

Keith Collier, Arviat’s community economic development, said Arviat is “proud of its strong traditional culture and beautiful landscape, and tourism allows the community to develop economically while using and preserving those resources.”

With the money, the hamlet plans to carry out a number of activities under its Arviat Community Ecotourism project.

These include training local students so they can host and guide tourists in the region, developing marketing and tourism promotion tools, and buying a wildlife-viewing cabin.

That will allow for day trips away from the community of 2,000 so tourists can better view wildlife.

“When you first arrive to Arviat, you will most likely be overwhelmed by the simplicity, isolation, and bitter cold that accompany small-town northern living. It is important to discard any preconceptions and take time to acquaint yourself with the ‘Inuit way’. Get a Guided Tour around Arviat, the sooner you get involved in community events, the better. Immerse yourself in the culture and have fun sharing language. Arviamiut are found predominately communicating in Inuktitut, but are also learning English,” said the hamlet’s new “Visit Arviat” website.

Last month, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada has unveiled its finalists for the 2012 Canadian Tourism Awards, naming the Arviat Community Ecotourism Initiative as one of three finalists for the National Cultural Tourism Award, which will be awarded Nov. 20.

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