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Nouvelles de la FCNQ / FCNQ News\r\nAventures Inuit & Aventures Arctiques\r\nInuit Adventures & Arctic Adventures\r\n\r\ner. Nowadays hotel reservations and reports\r\nare handled by a centralized computer system\r\nat Voyages FCNQ. In 2000 I was put in charge\r\nof Hotel Development during which time I\r\nworked closely with Guylaine Lebreux and\r\nAmanda Hoogland. However, the hotel division was brought over to our travel agency\r\nVoyages FCNQ in 2008, which took over the\r\nresponsibilities of hotel reservations for clients. As well, hotel training and development\r\nwent to the Coop Services Department.\r\nOne of the changes that took place at around\r\nthis time was to revive Inuit Adventures, an\r\nFCNQ subsidiary providing travel packages\r\nfor tourists in the north. Inuit Adventures had\r\ninitially been started as a non-consumptive\r\nadventure tourism division in 1991, tourism\r\nnot based on hunting or fishing. Following\r\nthree years of effort with only marginal results, its activities subsided but when a new\r\n25 bedroom hotel was built in Puvirnituq in\r\n1999, there was revived interest in wanting to\r\nattract cultural tourists and Inuit Adventures\r\nwas reactivated. During this time, Mario Aubin, a retired member of the Canadian Armed\r\n\r\nForces who coordinated the Nunavik Rangers\r\nfor eleven years, approached the Federation\r\nto help start up the Nunavik Arctic Survival\r\nTraining Center in Puvirnituq. The project to\r\nstart up the Nunavik Arctic Survival Training\r\nCenter was supported by Air Inuit, the Puvirnituq Cooperative Association and the Puvirnituq Municipal Corporation. New adventure\r\nsummer tours to Ivujivik and Puvirnituq were\r\nalso conducted with success. However the adventure division Inuit Adventures once again\r\nhad to cease its activities November 2000 due\r\nto a lack of interest at that time for cultural\r\ntours.\r\nI was offered a position that was being\r\nrevived to look after Inuit Adventures and I\r\ngladly accepted because it gave me a chance\r\nto work closely with guides and elders from\r\nNunavik. Inuit Adventures also gave me the\r\nopportunity to work at developing new and\r\nexciting packages. Stephen Ashton, who was\r\nthe director of the Tourism department, retired in October of 2012, and I was asked to\r\nreplace him; I now work closely with Francine\r\nAshton and Helene Paradis on Arctic and In-\r\n\r\nuit Adventures.\r\nIn 2010 Arctic Adventures stopped all caribou hunting operations and we now only\r\noperate 2 fishing camps; Tunulik II, which\r\nbelongs to the Kuujjuaq Cooperative and\r\nPayne River, which belongs to the Kangirsuk\r\nCooperative. Inuit Adventures works closely\r\nwith Parks Nunavik, which manages the parks\r\nand the activities within the parks and is also\r\nan Inuit organisation, to develop and market\r\npackages. Inuit Adventures is the preferred\r\npartner for making reservations for most of\r\nthe clients travelling into the parks.\r\nVoyages FCNQ and Inuit Adventures are\r\nalso work