Yukon First Nations partners with Alkan Air and purchases medical evacuation planes

On July 26, four Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Kluane, Carcross/Tagish and Selkirk First Nation Development Corporations announced a partnership with Alkan Air to support the provision of medical evacuation services to Yukon communities.

“Through this partnership, we are increasing the participation of Yukon First Nations in the delivery of this critical service and we are excited to see this partnership continue to grow,” said Jani Djokic, CEO of Na-Cho Nyak Dun Development. Corporation. Djokic is also the president of the new entity called Yukon First Nations Air Leasing Limited Partnership.

This new partnership purchased two of Alkan Air’s King Air 350 aircraft on June 22. Alkan Air has a long history in the Yukon, with a long-standing flight school and contract for Yukon medevac services for over 30 years.

It is expected that in the future, Yukon First Nations Air Leasing Limited Partnership will be Alkan Air’s medevac aircraft provider, while Alkan Air will continue to be the current medevac service provider. medical evacuation from the Yukon.

“This new partnership is another opportunity to move toward reconciliation with Yukon First Nations while showcasing aviation as a potential career opportunity for future generations,” said Wendy Tayler, CEO of Alkan Air. ltd.

This is the second high-level partnership with First Nations development corporations in two months. In June, 13 First Nations Development Corporations announced that they were forming a new entity called Yukon First Nations Telco Limited Partnership to partner with Northwestel. First Nations Telco is to buy Northwestel’s community fiber assets across the Yukon, and then Northwestel has a 20-year deal to maintain, operate and lease them.

Taylor Love, CEO of Haa Chali Development Corporation, which is a new Carcross/Tagish First Nation entity involved in both agreements, explained how these partnership agreements provide benefits to all partners. He sees the Yukon government’s new First Nations Procurement Policy as a bit of a game-changer in how it provides benefits to partner companies, giving them a head start in the procurement process.

First Nations also benefit from a steady stream of income, training opportunities and experience working with well-established companies. More capital and higher levels of sophistication make these more complex transactions feasible.

Love added that there seems to be a collective sense that “a rising tide lifts all boats” in terms of strengthening and developing Yukon business entities and their collective regional economies and interests.

Contact Lawrie Crawford at [email protected]

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