Early leaders gathered in Puvirnituq for a joint meeting with the Fédération des Co opératives du Nouveau-Québec (FCNQ) in 1979.
First community owned Co-operatives in the north incorporated in 1960. Canadian Arctic Producers incorporated as a limited company in 1965.
Canadian Arctic Co-operative Federation Limited (CACFL) incorporated in 1972.
Canadian Arctic Producers – restructured as a Co-operative in 1979. Canadian Arctic Producers Co-operative Limited (CAP).
Arctic Co-operatives Limited (ACL) incorporated in 1981.
CAP/CACFL/ACL Amalgamated as Arctic Co-operatives Limited (ACL) in 1982.
NWT Cooperative Business Development Fund (CBDF) incorporated in 1986.
CBDF name was changed to Arctic Co-operative Development Fund (ACDF) in 1999.