On April 24 and May 1, 2015, Summit Air Baffin was proud to provide charter services to fly a local Nunavut dance team called the Pisitiit Dance Group from Pond Inlet, Nunavut to Arctic Bay, Nunavut to celebrate the end of the 16th annual Nunavut Quest dog team race. The Pond Inlet square dancers created a routine using Pang, Hukki, Kingikmiut and Taloyoak dance styles to entertain Nunavummiut who attended the Nunavut Quest festivities and to inspire others to dance.
Nunavut Quest is a 500-km race which celebrates a time when travelling by dog team was a way of life and to remind us of the courage, patience, and determination of the people who survived and thrived in those early years. Unlike other sled dog races, the Nunavut Quest is run between totally isolated communities. There are no sophisticated support systems, no shelters situated on the land for man or dogs, no hovering helicopters, no set trails, no directional markers, and no veterinary or medical presence.
The group was thrilled that they were able to use Summit Air Baffin’s Dornier 228, an aircraft which can hold up to 19 passengers. The ability to use the Summit Air Baffin aircraft saved the group a significant amount of money in commercial airfares which funded their participation in the event. The dance group reports that it would not have been able to participate otherwise.
See video of the performance: