Better search-and-rescue coordination needed in Nunavut: Aglukkaq

Concern followed the crash last week of a First Air flight outside of Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

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Concern followed the crash last week of a First Air flight outside of Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Twelve people died in the crash and three survived.

Local leaders say the tragedy highlights the need for search-and-rescue capabilities in the North.

However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that given the vastness of the area it would be impossible.

Canadian Forces personnel happened to be near the crash site on a military operation when the plane went down.

Many said their presence saved the lives of the three survivors.

Nunavut residents have been calling to upgrade the territory’s search and rescue capabilities to avoid future disasters.

Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq, who is also Nunavut’s MP, says the time to act is now.

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