Inuvialuit, Gwich’in team up to build new contracting company

IDC Chair Patrick Gruben (left) and GDC Chair/Grand Chief Ken Smith. (Photo courtesy of the IRC and GTC)

The Inuvialuit Development Corporation and Gwich’in Development Corporation have come together to create Delta North Alliance, a general contracting company.

In a news release, the partners say the company will “pursue work in areas of common interest in the Mackenzie Delta.”

Leaders mentioned the historic relationship between the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in. The company, they say, builds on that relationship and is “committed to utilizing existing capacity and expertise in the area while providing opportunities to expand the capabilities for their respective beneficiaries.”

Ken Smith, chair of the GDC and Gwich’in grand chief, said Delta North Alliance will “make good use of our collective strength.”

IDC Chair Patrick Gruben said the company will “meet challenges specific to our regions.”

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to