hotels are a chain of 20 aboriginal owned and controlled hotels
operating in the remote and beautiful regions of the Canadian
Arctic. Each Inns North hotel is independently owned and controlled
by the Co-operative in the community where it is located. The
community Co-operatives' service federation, "Arctic
Co-operatives Limited," has developed the
Inns North program. This program creates a framework
for the Inn North Hotels to work together in the establishment
of service standards and provides training and operational support
to hotel and tourism staff. The Inns North program markets the
hotel and tourism adventures of the participating hotels and
The community Co-operatives in the North are multi purpose businesses
that provide a wide range of services to their member owners
and their communities. The services provided by the 31 local
Co-ops include retail stores, hotel and tourism operations,
cable television, art and craft marketing, fuel distribution,
heavy equipment services, property rental and a variety of agency
The Co-operative process begins and ends with local ownership
under the control of members who use the services of the Co-op.
Members of local Co-operatives take ownership by purchasing
and holding shares, but control of the Co-operative is not linked
to the number of shares owned. Instead, each member has an equal
say in the business affairs of the Co-op: "one member, one
The community Co-operatives in the north have joined together
to form two services organizations, Arctic Co-operatives Limited
and Arctic Co-operative Development Fund.
is an affiliation (Federation) of those Co-operatives in the
Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Northern Manitoba who choose
to become owner members. The role of ACL is to coordinate the
resources and combined purchasing power of the local Co-operatives
in a manner that enables them to provide service to their members
in an economically viable manner.
Although the membership of Arctic Co-operatives Limited consists
of independent Co-operative organizations, it operates in the
same manner as a local Co-operative. The geographic area served
by Arctic Co-operatives Limited is divided into seven districts,
each of which elects one director. These seven individuals make
up the Board of Directors of the organization. Each year, the
Board of Directors elects its own President from among the directors.
Each Member Co-operative takes part in the democratic process
by participating in the annual meeting of Arctic Co-operatives
Arctic Co-operative Development Fund
is also a Federation of the Co-operatives of the NWT, Nunavut
and Northern Manitoba. The services provided by ACDF are financial
in nature compared to the operational and technical support
services provided by ACL.
ACDF is restricted to making financial investments in its Member
Co-operatives. It provides this financing on a commercial basis
with the normal terms and conditions any commercial lender would
carry. Its investments, however, do not carry a requirement
for a directorship position or representation on any of the
Co-operatives it in which invests.
ACDF has the same basic structure as Arctic Co-operatives Limited.
The membership of ACDF is composed of 36 local Co-operatives
and Arctic Co-operatives Limited. ACDF has a directorship of
seven members. ACDF has the same accountability procedures to
its member owners as ACL.
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