Canadian Coast Guard auxiliaries in three Nunavut communities are slated to receive new search and rescue boats and equipment, according to Nunatsiaq News.
Ottawa announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13, that Arviat, Pond Inlet and Clyde River would receive money to boost their search and rescue readiness.
“Through new equipment and training, auxiliary members are better equipped and prepared to respond to marine emergencies, helping to enhance the safety of their communities and the surrounding waters and coasts,” a news release said.
The response from the communities was positive.
The Canadian Coast Guard launched the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program in 2017 as part of the federal government’s $1.5-billion Oceans Protection plan.