Mission, Vision, Values

Vision Statement

Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation will be the recognized business leader for providing shareholder value, quality services and products, and consistent profitability.

Mission Statement

To enhance the lives of our shareholders by bringing our Iñupiat values to the services and products we provide to our customers.

Business Values

As an Alaskan Native village corporation, we incorporate the traditions of our ancestors into our business practices. Below is a list of traditional Iñupiat values that are core to UIC’s business practices.

  • Cooperation
  • Family and Kinship
  • Humility
  • Humor
  • Hunting Traditions and Respect for Nature
  • Knowledge of Language
  • Love and respect for our Elders and one another
  • Sharing
  • Spirituality

Sivuniqsuutivut: Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles define how we intend to act in pursuit of our vision. We believe our strongest assets are our wisdom, our strength, and our people.

Isumasaasuqtuat:  Our Wisdom

As our elders taught us, we will teach our people and employees how to maintain our traditional ways of high work ethic, strong values, diversity, and personal integrity even when moving in new and different directions. We believe that healing and rejuvenation come through forgiveness and continual re-evaluation.

Suaŋativut:  Our Strength

As whalers, we have a common sense of direction and preparation.  We are skilled, patient, and experienced in our hunt, living with honor by the laws of the earth in appreciation for each other and all that surrounds us. As our people are the strength of the corporation, we will mentor them in increasingly higher decision making roles at all levels of the organization, mentoring them in efficiency, accountability, and leadership to create many paths for profit back to the corporation.

Inuvut:  Our People

We respect our past by seeking a unified and harmonious future with respect and unconditional love for one another.

Serving others is an honor:  it is our responsibility to serve the people.