Nunavut is 'committed to diversifying and improving economic opportunities to encourage self-reliance and provide local employment in the cruise ship industry,' Economic Development and Transportation Minister David Akeeagok said. 'This MOU ensures a closer working relationship with the organization that represents the majority of cruise operators in the Canadian Arctic.'
Areas of cooperation
The MOU outlines areas of potential cooperation, including the delivery of Nalunaiqsijiit: the Inuit Cruise Training Initiative, the Cruise Ready! Community Preparedness Workshops, data-sharing protocols and the development of site-specific guidelines using the expertise of the Inuit Heritage Trust and Nunavut's Department of Culture and Heritage.
'AECO is dedicated to managing sustainable and responsible tourism in the Arctic,' AECO Executive Director Frigg Jørgensen said.
'Enhanced dialogue and cooperation with local communities is a priority for our members. We believe that responsible tourism should be characterized by meaningful cultural exchange, respectful interactions and local benefits.'