On April 26, Yellowknife-based Great Slave Helicopters confirmed two flight crew and one biologist died in a crash near Resolute Bay, Nunavut during a helicopter survey of the Lancaster Sound polar bear population.
Upon hearing this news, Premier Silver issued the following statement:
“We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the three individuals that died Monday. This loss is felt across the North, especially among our Traditional Knowledge, scientific and remote flight community who know first-hand the risks associated with the important work we do for our shared environment and wildlife.
Monitoring and learning about some of Earth’s rarest and most iconic species is both a privilege and a responsibility. We take on this work together, with dedication and passion, as a northern community. When tragedy befalls this work, it is tragedy we face together, as a community.
We are so very saddened by this horrible accident and wish the investigators good weather and safe travels as they endeavour to find some answers for all of us.”