Pictured above: The Northern Store in Pangnirtung, NU.
Our Community Promise
The North West Company Inc. is proud of the active role we play within the communities we serve, striving to make a positive, progressive difference. Our contributions within the community of Pangnirtung, NU are a testament to our commitment.
The Hamlet of Pangnirtung is located on the southeast shore of Pangnirtung Fjord, on the south shore of Baffin Island’s Cumberland Sound, 297 km northeast of Iqaluit. The community is also known as Pangniqtuuq in Inuktitut, which means “the place of many bull caribou.”
The hamlet has a population of 1,481 residents (per 2016 Statistics Canada census) and the language spoken are Inuktitut and English. Pangnirtung is a remote fly-in community with no access to the rest of Nunavut. It is accessible only through Pangnirtung Airport, which has daily flights from Pangnirtung to Iqaluit and Qikiqtarjuaq.
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North West is proud of the positive impact we have on the community.
1. Employment: We are one of the most prominent employers in Pangnirtung, with our Northern store employing 57 individuals. Our commitment to local talent is demonstrated through our workforce consisting of 53% Indigenous employees.*
2. Capital Investment: Northern has made a $3,368,276 capital investment in the Pangnirtung store over a 10-year period.*
3. Annual Economic Impact: Northern is making a positive impact in Pangnirtung, with $2,423,281 annual economic impact in the community.*
Our Northern Store Manager, Ghazwan Wanous, and his team are significant community supporters.
Pictured above: Pangnirtung community members enjoying the 2021 ”Welcome Back to the Sun” festival.
“After learning about the community culture I realized that solutions to most of the planet’s problems could be found by listening to and following the stories of the Indigenous community,” said Wanous.
*For the year ending 2020