Air force to assess some Nunavut, Nunavik airfields
Small team to visit Coral Harbour, Hall Beach, Puvirnituq, Kuujjuaq and Raglan mine
Updated at 1:26 p.m. ET
The Royal Canadian Air Force is planning some visits to Nunavut and Nunavik over next week.
The team will visit and overnight in Coral Harbour, Hall Beach, Puvirnituq, Kuujjuaq and the Raglan mine in order to conduct a series of airfield infrastructure assessments.
According to a news release from the force, the tour will provide valuable information needed to operate aircraft in Canada’s northern communities.
“Acknowledging rising international interest in the Arctic, our ability to succeed in such an unpredictable and complex security environment requires an increased presence over the long-term,” the release states.
A five-member team is currently completing a two-week isolation in Yellowknife before entering Nunavut on Feb. 17.
According to the release, they will be travelling between communities using Royal Canadian Air Force transport aircraft and overnighting at local hotels separate from the general population.
The team will be following all public health guidelines, according to the release.
The trip is slated to end Feb. 25.
This story has been updated to correct the size of the team visiting Nunavut and Nunavik.