Mission and Values

Our Mission is: To Earn Profits On Operations While Protecting Our Land, Culture And Benefiting Shareholders.

Our corporate values are deeply rooted in the traditional values and ethical beliefs of our Iñupiaq and Alaska Native cultures.  Our values are the fundamental source of the corporation’s strength and identity.  Since our formation in 1972, we have sought to adopt best practices from our culture blended with the global business community.

 

Core values that define our corporation and business culture are:

     1. Culture

     2. Character

     3. Contribution

These values encompass the guidance from our Elders and honor our Alaska Native heritage.  Today, our ancestors' roots are strong and our core values developed weaving generations, employees and business units together.  We seek to live and work according to the Iñupiaq values as follows:

1. Culture

  • Spirituality - Ukpaisrun
  • Humility - Qinuinnaq
  • Reverence Toward Nature - Kammakłui Nunamiituat
  • Pride in Culture - Puyaunau Inupiaqtun Iłłusiq
  • Speaking Our Traditional Language - Inupiuraġluta
  • Cultural diversity and innovation

 2. Character

  • Honesty - Nagguatun Kulliaglutin
  • Cooperation - Kattiiłutiŋ Sahuagat
  • Patience - Uttakiragagin
  • Responsibility - Aŋalataasran
  • Hard Work - Saġiknatuak Sauaq
  • Obedience - Kammakui
  • Open Communication - Kanniglusi

 3. Contribution

  • Avoidance of Conflict - Aziusrat Sugunnai
  • Commitment to the Family - Munnakłui Kiŋunnaisi
  • Love of Children - Nagguagiktut Ilagit
  • Respecting Others - Nagguagiktut Ilagit
  • Respect of Elders - Utuqannat Kammagiralui
  • Sharing - Pikkaagupsi Aitturalui
  • Humor - Quyniuŋniq

Our core values integrate the Iñupiaq culture that supports a vitality and openness in our Corporation.  This also supports our capacity to tackle challenges and pursue opportunities.

Inupiaq values - pride in culture