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MACLEAN’S
November 13, 2018

When Churchill needed Ottawa, the town was ignored. Now, Ottawa needs Churchill

Opinion: If solving the struggles of the Manitoba town’s residents wasn’t enough, the federal government had plenty of other reasons to have stepped in sooner

The first train in 18 months on the Hudson Bay Railway pulled into Churchill, Man., on Halloween. The sad irony of the timing is obvious. The town of barely 900 people has suffered the horrors of deprivation since spring floods in May 2017 washed out the rail line in several places, and OmniTRAX—the American company that bought both the port and the railway in 1997 but closed the former in 2016—refused to pay for the repairs. When the rail link was lost, the only connection to the rest of Canada was through infrequent and expensive air flights. Read More


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
November 10, 2018

Linkages conference at OCN in the Pas. Arctic Gateway CEO Murad Al-Katib provided a view of agriculture and the opportunity for the Arctic Gateway. Over 275 people in attendance from 15 nations and even more communities Mayors, leaders and elders. Amazing event.  Congrats to the organizers. Arctic Gateway also announced that Jamie Wilson, former Treaty Commissioner for Manitoba and Former Deputy Minister of Education for the Manitoba Government joined the company as its new VP Corporate Development. Excited to have Jamie on board working with our partners and stakeholders to make all of our dream a reality.


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018: Arctic Gateway Press Conference

Watch our full press event in Churchill here.

Posted by Arctic Gateway on Thursday, November 1, 2018

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CTV News
November 1, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Churchill as town celebrates rail line repairs

CHURCHILL, Man. — Residents of Churchill crowded around a bonfire during a street party to celebrate the return of rail service and a visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the northern Manitoba town. Read More


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Global News
November 1, 2018

First train rolls into Churchill after a long anticipated wait

After more than a year of waiting, Churchill residents were surprised Wednesday evening to hear sounds of a train rolling into their community. Read More


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Winnipeg Free Press
October 31, 2018

First train rolls into Churchill on eve of prime minister’s visit

Churchill residents welcomed the first train in a year and a half Wednesday, and are eager to hear the news the prime minister will deliver in the northern town today. Read More


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CBC News / Radio-Canada
October 31, 2018

‘Our hearts are just filled with joy’: 1st train in over a year arrives in Churchill

A train rolled into Churchill, Man., on Wednesday evening for the first time in more than a year after spring flooding damaged the tracks and severed the town’s only land link to the rest of the province. Read More

Le Premier train est passé à Churchill

Les habitants de Churchill, dans le nord du Manitoba, ont vu passer le premier train, mercredi soir, depuis les inondations qui ont endommagé la seule voie terrestre les reliant au reste de la province. Lire la suite


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 22, 2018

Arctic Gateway Group Provides an Update on Operations

The Arctic Gateway Group is pleased to provide an update on operations.

We have made excellent progress in the repair near Ponton. Since the derailment, the site has undergone all the repairs needed, along with cleanup and the removal of beaver dams along the entire line.  Read More


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 21, 2018

We have been requested by the Teamsters to remove certain information from our grievance correspondence with them. We do not feel that it is appropriate to post edited or redacted correspondence and therefore we will be removing it entirely for the foreseeable future.


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 18, 2018

“Know I’m Here” – Documentary on Churchill

This documentary from Handcraft Creative, which was featured at the Canadian Human Rights Museum and premiered on CBC this year, is now freely available for viewing. The Arctic Gateway Group would like to thank the Town of Churchill and Handcraft Creative for their hard work. Watch Video


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 4, 2018

Message From Arctic Gateway on Progress of Repairs

To our Arctic Gateway community, we hope you have been as pleased with the progress updates our team has been providing as we have been in bringing them to you. Read More


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Arctic Gateway Group LP
September 16, 2018

Arctic Gateway Group Statement Regarding Derailment

(THE PAS) September 16, 2018 – It is with a heavy heart that the Arctic Gateway Group advises that a derailment has occurred on the Hudson Bay Railway.  Read More


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Western Economic Diversification Canada
September 14, 2018

Government of Canada announces support for acquisition and repair of Churchill rail line by Arctic Gateway Group

The Government of Canada believes in the future and long term prosperity of northern Manitoba. Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced an investment of $117 million to the Arctic Gateway Group through the Western Diversification Program.  Read More
Watch the full press conference here.


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Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
September 14, 2018

The AMC pleased with First Nations involvement in acquiring Hudson Bay Railway, Port of Churchill, and Churchill Marine Tank Farm

Treaty One Territory, MB – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) acknowledges a historic announcement from Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership. This group has purchased the Hudson Bay Railway, Port of Churchill, and Churchill Marine Tank Farm from Omnitrax. The purchasing group includes Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, a consortium of 30 First Nations and 11 other communities in northern Manitoba along with 7 Kivalliq communities in western Nunavut; Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited; and AGT Limited Partnership.  Read More


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OneNorth
September 14, 2018

Agreement to Restore Rail Service and Invest in the Port of Churchill Celebrated by OneNorth Communities

Winnipeg – OneNorth co-chairs Onekanew Christian Sinclair and Churchill Mayor Michael Spence joined their partners today to celebrate their new partnership in the Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership, as new owners of the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill.  Read More


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Western Economic Diversification Canada
September 14, 2018

New Owners for Hudson Bay Rail Line

The Hudson Bay Rail line is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure for nearly 30,000 people from First Nations, other communities along the line, and the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.  Read More


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Winnipeg Sun
September 13, 2018

Crews working daily to repair broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba

CHURCHILL, Man. — The partnership taking over a railway that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba says work is underway to repair tracks that have been washed out for more than a year. Murad Al-Katib of Arctic Gateway Group says repairs began last week on the line between Gillam and Churchill.  Read More


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CTV News Winnipeg
September 12, 2018

Crews working their way north to repair washed-out rail line to Churchill

Work is underway along the Hudson Bay Rail Line to repair damaged tracks in between Gillam and Churchill. About 20 sections of track were washed out during a flood in May 2017, shutting down ground transportation to Churchill, Man., a northern town with a population of about 900 people.  Read More


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Canadian Newswire
September 4, 2018

Arctic Gateway Group LP Acquires Strategic Rail Link and Arctic Port at Churchill

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2018 – The Arctic Gateway Group LP, consisting of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”), AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (“AGT”), and Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, a consortium of First Nations and communities (“MRLP”; together with AGT and Fairfax, the “Buying Group”), are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement with Omnitrax Inc. (“Omnitrax”) to acquire the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill facilities.  Read More


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Winnipeg Free Press
August 22, 2018

Federal money for consortium takeover of Churchill port, rail waiting for Omnitrax to sign deal

OTTAWA — The federal government has approved a financial package for the northern Manitoba consortium angling to take over Churchill’s railway and port, suggesting a deal could be imminent ahead of a planned visit to Winnipeg from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next month.  Read More


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Canadian Newswire
May 30, 2018

Government of Canada Announces Agreement in Principle to Restore Rail Service in Northern Manitoba

WINNIPEG, May 30, 2018 –The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, is pleased to announce an agreement in principle between Missinippi Rail Partners and Fairfax Financial Holdings, and OmniTRAX Inc. to restore rail service to northern Manitoba and transfer ownership of the Port of Churchill.  Read More


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About the Canadian Arctic

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American Journal of Transportation
March 26, 2018

Baltic Ports see business opportunities inherent in Polar Silk Road to China

Ports in the Baltic region are building up an effective trading route, the Polar Silk Road, to China with some Nordic shippers touting it as a “win-win” situation.  Read More


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CNBC
February 6, 2018

Russia and China vie to beat the US in the trillion-dollar race to control the Arctic

Call it a new cold war: Russia, China and the United States all vying for influence and control in a part of the world that, this time, is quite literally cold.  Read More


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The Barents Observer
January 16, 2018

Arctic seaports bustle as shipping on Northern Sea Route reaches new high

A record-beating 9,74 million tons of goods was transported on the Russian Arctic route in 2017. That resulted in a very good year for Murmansk and several other northern Russian ports.  Read More


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Global Trade
January 10, 2018

Boom Times for Russia’s Arctic Ports

Arctic seaports are booming as shipping on the Northern Sea Route reached new high last year. In 2017, a record 9.74 million tons of goods were transported along the route, with only 194,364 tons shipped to transit the route.  Read More


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Global Trade
January 10, 2018

China and Russia Collaborating on Arctic Port

Chinese investments in railway and seaports are headed for the Russian Arctic.  Read More


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Bloomberg
April 19, 2017  | May 16, 2017 | December 27, 2017

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything

Part I: The Bare Arctic

Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle. Five have coastlines to defend. The temperature is rising. The ice is melting. The race for newly accessible resources is beginning. And Russia is gaining ground. Read More

Part II: The Political Arctic

A corrosion-proof, titanium Russian flag sways in the currents of the North Pole seabed, planted there in August 2007 by a privately funded expedition. It doesn’t mean that Russia owns the pole any more than the Apollo 11 flag means the U.S. owns the moon. But it’s a powerful symbol. Read More

Part III: The Economic Arctic

As the Arctic Circle’s ice melts away, people of the High North feel their top-of-the-world economy heating up. Gold mines, roads and a full spectrum of energy projects dot the horizon—with Russia leading the way and other Arctic countries scrambling to catch up. Read More


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Macleans
March 17, 2017

The Canadian North is the least defended territory on earth

There is no place on earth as poorly defended as the Canadian Arctic. But maybe that’s a good thing.  Read More


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Ottawa Citizen
December 21, 2016

If the port of Churchill is a strategic asset then why did the Canadian government allow it to close?

The port of Churchill, Manitoba is considered by some to be a strategic asset for Canada. It is a deepwater port, the only one linking the country’s railroad network and its Arctic waters.  Read More


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Macleans
August 18, 2016

How Ottawa abandoned our only Arctic port

Canada’s only Arctic deep-water port is now closed, leaving workers in Churchill puzzled and any talk of Arctic sovereignty feeling like empty rhetoric.  Read More


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Vice News
April 8, 2016

Canada Ups Its Arctic Game With Plans to Build Port at the Top of the World

After the fishing vessel Saputi struck an iceberg earlier this year in the Davis Strait off Iqaluit, water rushed on board the Canadian ship faster than the ship’s pumps could handle. The Danish Navy arrived to help as a Canadian Coast Guard chopper made its way from a base in Greenwood, Nova Scotia — nearly 1,300 miles away.  Read More


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CDA Institute
March 24, 2016

Arctic Ports for Canadian Seapower – Part 1

Seapower is the ability to influence events at sea or from the sea, and consists of inputs (the sources of power) and outputs (what that power accomplishes). Traditionally, Canadian seapower inputs have been focused primarily around the seagoing vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard, with little emphasis on another major physical element of seapower: ports. Read More


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Financial Post
March 16, 2016

Exposed in the north: Canada falls behind in developing the Arctic

The Arctic makes up 39% of Canada’s lands. But compared to the Nordic countries, Russia and even China, we are neglecting it.  Read More


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Business Insider
March 17, 2015

This map shows the massive scale of Russia’s planned fortification of the Arctic

The Arctic ice is slowly melting, and Russia is positioning itself to take advantage of new shipping routes along with natural resources available beneath the Arctic seabed.  Read More


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The Globe and Mail
August 12, 2013

The (Russian) Arctic is open for business

In the 1990 thrillerThe Hunt for Red October, the rogue captain of a Soviet submarine evades the U.S. and Soviet navies by threading his way through a narrow – but precisely charted – mid-ocean trench. In real life, the Soviet navy’s charting efforts extended to the heart of the Canadian Arctic. Soviet-era charts, available today, show more depth soundings in the Northwest Passage than Canada’s most recent charts do.  Read More


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The Hill Times
June 17, 2013

Three Arctic ports needed

OTTAWA—Canada needs three ports in the Arctic: on its West Coast, in the centre of the archipelago, and on the East Coast.  Read More


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The Globe and Mail
November 26, 2007

Build an Arctic Gateway for the world

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has committed $1-billion to the Pacific Gateway Initiative, a series of infrastructure investments stretching across the four Western provinces. Seizing on Canada’s geographic location, the plan aims to develop the most efficient and secure transportation corridors between North America and Asia. Now, it is time for the next step. It is time for an Arctic Gateway Initiative.  Read More


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History of the Arctic Gateway

History of the Port of Churchill

When the freighter Pennyworth sailed in 1932 to Churchill, Hudson Bay, she opened up a new commercial route to the prairie provinces of Canada. She was the first vessel to prove that the navigation of these subarctic waters was practicable for freighters.  Read More

History of the Hudson Bay Railway

Over muskeg and swamp for 500 miles a railroad was built from the prairies of Manitoba to Churchill, on the shores of Hudson Bay, where a grain elevator and other port facilities were provided as a new outlet for the produce of Western Canada.  Read More