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Fort McMurray, AB – In an effort to increase support to a high-needs aspect of their service, (ATC) is excited to announce the addition of three flights per week, starting November 8, 2017, to and from Fort Chipewyan to Fort McMurray, thanks to a collaboration with Northwestern Air Lease.

“This is the beginning of a new relationship between ATC and Northwestern Air Lease. In addition to increased flights and comparable pricing, we are pleased to offer other services such as charters and freight options.” Jim Heidema, COO, Northwestern Air Lease.

Lori Brebant, Health Director at ATC, explains the decision:

“We are excited about the opportunity for ATC to work with Northwestern Air in order to better serve our members. Time-sensitive travel for health is always in high-demand for our remote community. Now we another have another option to meet those needs.”

For more information about this collaboration, please contact Karla Buffalo, CEO, ATC at 780- 791-6538.


Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) serves our Nations by providing relevant and innovative programs and services that enrich the well-being, health, and prosperity of our people.

“This need became evident after a needs assessment was completed, identifying transportation to and from Fort Chipewyan as an issue for medical patients seeking health services. Having primarily one airline to serve members, accessing available seats on flights was a challenge. One of the biggest concerns was for patients experiencing extended stays away from home.”

A joint statement from Chief Archie Waquan (Mikisew Cree First Nation) and Chief Allan Adam (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation):

Northwestern Air Lease’s planes are larger and have two engines, resulting in shorter flight times as well as added comfort.

These are also positive safety features for those travelling.

“ATC is pleased to work with Northwestern Air to provide Fort Chipewyan with additional transportation services, not only for our clients who require our health services, but when space is available, the broader community will also be able to access available seats. The well-being of our clients is important to us, and we hope the members are as encouraged by this partnership as we are.” Karla Buffalo, CEO, ATC