Inuit orgs offer condolences after Sept. 9 helicopter crash
“Inuit are intimately familiar with the risks involved in this kind of work"
Statements of condolences came Sept. 10 from Inuit organizations in response to the Sept. 9 crash of helicopter near Banks Island which killed three men on board.
Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, expressed “his deepest regrets,” offering condolences to the families of pilot Daniel Dubé, Marc Thibault, captain of the CCGS Amundsen, and University of Manitoba climate scientist Klaus Hochheim.
“Inuit are intimately familiar with the risks involved in this kind of work and we have immense respect for the men and women who perform such vital functions.
“I am thankful that the crew of the Amundsen was nearby and able to assist following the crash,” said Audla who wore an Amundsen jacket to the Sept. 10 World Suicide Prevention Day event that ITK co-hosted in Ottawa.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Cathy Towtongie also offered her condolences to the Canadian Coast Guard and the families of the three men who died.
“I am deeply sorry for the families experiencing this loss. On behalf of the NTI Board of Directors, I offer our condolences at this very difficult time,” said Towtongie.