Ivakkak dog-team race March 2010

The Nunavik’s annual dog team race will soon begin!!!

It will leave from Quaqtaq on March 22 up to Kuujjuaq: the race can take between one and two weeks to complete.

Soon you will be able to find more information and updates on the Ivakkak website: http://www.ivakkak.com/

Soleica's team wishes the best of luck to all participants!!!


GCC to Encourage Cree Youth to Vote

Your Land, Your VoteThe GCC has just published a new website to encourage young eeyou voters to participate in the Offshore Region Referendum. A nice price awaits the winner.

For the details go to www.creeyouth2010.com/.


Cree Marine Region Referendum

The vote for the proposed Cree Offshore Agreement by mail-in ballot continues.

The eligible voters may attend the information sessions in their community to get their mail-in ballot kits (see the calendar of sessions) or you can view the GCC's website for detailed information about how to vote (www.gcc.ca/referendum2010/).

To see how many voters already have cast their ballot, go to www.soleica.ca/en/news.html.

Go and exercise your right to vote!


Canadian Great North Honored at the Northern Lights Festival 2010!

It was a pleasure for Soleica to participate in the Northern Lights Festival that took place from February 27th till February 30th, 2010.

Soleica team managed not only to meet its major clients came from Nunavik for the occasion, but also to establish contacts with some organisations from Nunavut and Labrador / Nunatsiavut.

The first evening of the Festival was marked by a splendid gala reception that pleased the guests with delicious meal, the most heart-felt greetings from Nunavik, Nunavut and Labrador / Nunatsiavut representatives, and a remarkable circus show, perfectly fit into the atmosphere of this soiree, full of amazing and magical moments.
We were quite a few to represent Soleica during the event; our booth was placed in an aisle of some other North-passionate organisations who we were really pleased to share work experience with!

Some words about the general spirit of the Northern Lights Festival:

The Northern Lights festival is above all a fesival of the human spirit. It shapes the idea of valorising the regions of Nunavut, Nunavik and Labrador/ Nunatsiavut.

It is also a unique platform for creating or strengthening the relationships among the Northern regions, to make the Northern regions meet the Southern ones, to show the possibilities of collaboration and exchange of know-how inventions, with emphasis on regional culture and traditions.
We hope to contribute to optimization of these attachments and to discover more about each region, about each ethnic group enjoying the sustainability of our present and future relationships!

Some words from our manager Antoine Monnier:

“Personally, I believe that the Northern Lights Festival was a unique occasion for us to meet at the same time and at the same place all Soleica clients. This Festival marked by the vivid colors of the Crie, Inuit and Innu peoples, gave us a privilidge to establish promising professional contacts. I also retain an exeptional growing of the Canadian Great North and the inumerous possibilities for the econimic development in the regions that offer their welcome only to those who can understand and respect the people living there”

Some words from our Communication Officer for the Russian Market, Olga Viallet:

"I did enjoy the festival and I think it was a really good opportunity for Soleica to make new contacts in the sphere of our work in Russia!

During the conferences of January 30th ,2010, our manager Antoine Monnier and I met numerous interlocutors who are interested in our projects of collaboration with the Siberian autochthone ethnic groups! It was especially remarkable to talk to Belinda Webb from the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami who suggested that we meet in Ottawa in order discuss some details of our forthcoming business trip to Russia. Thanks to a helpful assistance of Cecilia Sithembile Silundika from the Northern Affairs Organization, whom we met during the Festival, Soleica will participate in an international Roundtable in Toronto in March 2010 that will help us explore new strategies for promoting business linkages between Canada and the North of Russia!"


Summary of the Economic Mission in Russia conducted by Jean Charest

The economic mission of Jean Charest in Russia in december 2009 was successfully concluded by a declaration of cooperation with the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, aimed at developing bilateral relations between Quebec and Moscou. The leaders expressed their desire to build closer economic, cultural and educational relations, in particular through the exchange of experts and knowledge.

As one of the common issues between Quebec and Russia is the development of the Northern territories, Jean Charest took the advantage of his travel to present the Quebec Northern Plan. During numerous conferences and seminars on this subject, our Manager Antoine Monnier shared his work experience with the Canadian First Nations and agreed on the further collaboration with government representatives of the Siberian regions.

We are presently working on collaboration projects with autochthon ethnic groups of Chukotka – a region situated on the North of the Far-East, known for diamonds, gold, gas and petrol but also for numerous telecommunication problems such as link congestion, slow Internet connection, low bandwidth, etc. The Soleica team proposed to develop adapted IT solutions to all these issues! With the help of the Russian government, we intend to apply our know-how for this region and to give the possibility for the local people to communicate ‘in real time’ with the rest of the world!


Soleica at the Northern Lights Festival in Montreal!!!

Soleica will participate in the Northern Lights Trade Show 2010 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal from Thursday, January 28th to Saturday, January 30th!!!

You will find all the information regarding the event on the Northern Lights website at the address below: http://northernlightsmontreal.com/

This event will be the opportunity for Soleica to meet with organizations and companies from Nunavik, Nunavut and Labrador.
It will be also a chance for the Soleica’s team to reinforce the relationships with their main clients from Nunavik who will also participate in this event!

Soleica’s Director Antoine Monnier, Communication Officer for the Russian market Olga Viallet, IT Manager Olivier Houdart and IT Communication Officer Julie Fortuné will be present at Booth #310 during the event.

In order to find us easily, you can access the updated (daily) floor plan and exhibitor list on the Northern Lights website at this address below: http://registration.northernlightsmontreal.com/registration/boothplan.asp

We will be very pleased to welcome you at our exhibitor booth 310. So please come to the Trade Show and visit us!



Cree Marine Region Referendum 2010

Go and vote! It's important!

The Cree of Eeyou Istchee are called to vote a treaty with the Federal Government concerning the Cree marine region. Under this proposed treaty, Cree rights to continue to occupy and use the offshore area will be officially recognized by the Constitution of Canada.

For this Agreement to be approved, over 50% of all Cree beneficiaries eligible to vote must have voted in favour of it. Therefore each single vote is important!

Soleica is proud to once again provide technical services for this referendum.

This week the information sessions in the Cree communities will start. To see the complete schedule of sessions and any other information go to the website of Grand Council of the Crees (www.gcc.ca/referendum2010). There you will find a lot of information on the subject (an Open Letter by the Grand Chief, instructions on how to vote by mail, etc.).

You may also call toll-free at 1-888-761-1655 for more information.

Go and vote!


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