Miawpukek Horizon Maritime Services is a company that has evolved from a relationship that started with the recruitment and development of First Nations seafarers from the Miawpukek First Nation, as Horizon Maritime sought to expand its seafarer network and further diversify its workforce. Miawpukek seafarers have become valued members of the Horizon Maritime team and strong relationships between Miawpukek Tribal Council and Horizon Maritime principals have developed as a result.
“Building on our successful aquaculture and fisheries businesses, plus our ocean stewardship efforts through our involvement with MAMKA, this is a wonderful opportunity to advance Miawpukek participation in the new ocean economy,” said Chief Mi’sel Joe. “Our relationship with Horizon Maritime has been built over time and it is clear that our values match in a way that will benefit our community, our industry, our province and be an example for our country.”
“We are appreciative of the relationship that we have built with the Miawpukek community and are excited about the potential that this partnership offers.” said Sean Leet, CEO of Horizon Maritime. “Partnerships have been key to Horizon Maritime’s growth and we look forward to developing this new venture together.”
Miawpukek First Nation Chief Mi'sel Joe and Councillor Shayne McDonald aboard the Horizon Arctic
CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert was a Canadian Coast Guard light icebreaker and buoy tender now owned by Horizon Maritime Services as an Arctic icebreaker named Polar Prince. The ship entered service with the Department of Transport Marine Service in 1959 and transferred to the newly created Canadian Coast Guard in 1962, active until 1986. Rebuilt, the icebreaker is now plying the waters of the Arctic Ocean. In 2017, the vessel was temporarily rechristened Canada C3 and used for a high-profile voyage around Canada's three maritime coasts as part of the nation's 150th anniversary.
The Polar Prince now serves as a dedicated training vessel for Miawpukek Horizon's Cadet & Trainee Program.
The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band (Qalipu) and the Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) have come together under the protocols of the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource & Oceans Management (AAROM) program to form the Mi’kmaq Alsumk Mowimsikik Koqoey Association (MAMKA).
MAMKA is involved in a variety of marine and ocean stewardship matters, including the provision of environmental monitoring services to industry.
MAMKA is recognized externally due to its Aboriginal involvement and representation in various marine matters that have an impact on our communities and their waters.
MAMKA participates with First Nation Communities to ensure their involvement and advice in the decision making process used for aquatic resources and oceans management.