WINNIPEG – AVIATION – Perimeter Aviation has announced that Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and Perimeter Aviation have renewed their long-term Partnership Agreement. This seven-year agreement brings strategic alliances, community benefits and long-term economic investment into MKO and the 30 First Nations they represent. Under this agreement, MKO identifies Perimeter Aviation as their preferred airline for all their transportation needs.
“It is good to see Perimeter commit to a better path with the making of this agreement. The First Nations in the north are full of families and communities that have needs and dreams that sometimes mean a trip south” commented The MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson.
“Norway House Cree Nation and Perimeter recently signed an agreement that will ensure increased levels of service and a commitment to assist our community and those in the MKO region with social programs. Programs that will work to address the social and health needs of our youth and membership. I believe this new agreement represents a true partnership with Perimeter who provide a much-needed service to our membership.” Said Ron Evans, Chief of Norway House Cree Nation and member of the MKO Executive Council
“We are pleased that MKO has reaffirmed their support for Perimeter Aviation,” remarked Carlos Castillo, Vice President Commercial Operations, “This makes the sixth partnership agreement that has been entered into or extended in 2017. We believe that our commitment to servicing our customers and supporting our communities as we have done for decades were key factors in their decision making”
“I am excited to announce this long-term partnership extension with MKO providing all of our community partners and their member’s benefits and access to opportunities. Within this strategic alliance we offer programs such our Aviation Scholarship for Indigenous members. Encouraging access to post-secondary education and careers within the Aviation Industry was an important new element to this agreement.” Said Nick Vodden, President & CEO
About Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)
Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, aboriginal and human rights for the citizens of the 30 sovereign First Nations. The MKO First Nations are the signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10.
MKO receives its mandate by resolution of the MKO Chiefs in General Assembly. The Grand Chief, elected for a three-year term, serves as the principal spokesperson. A regionally representative Executive Council of Chiefs provides ongoing direction between General Assemblies.
About Perimeter Aviation
Established in 1960, Perimeter Aviation is a diversified regional airline that provides regular scheduled passenger airline service, medevac operations, and cargo services to locations in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. In addition, Perimeter provides on-demand charter services and operates out of its own terminal at the Winnipeg International Airport.
With main bases located in Winnipeg MB, Thompson MB, and Sioux Lookout ON, Perimeter provides daily scheduled service to more than 25 communities in Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Perimeter has approximately 575 employees; over 20% of which are of Indigenous decent from the various communities we serve. Perimeter mainly operates two aircraft types allowing for operational efficiencies. Most of the communities serviced by Perimeter are isolated and difficult to reach by ground transportation (other than by ice-road in the winter).