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NAC has launched the first law degree program in over a decade. “The goal of the program is to meet the demand for trained lawyers in Nunavut, and to increase access to justice for Nunavummiut,” said Joe Kunuk, President of Arctic College.

“The selection process was tough, there were many more qualified applicants than we could accommodate,” he said. The committee took into consideration those with a good academic record and the ability to handle the rigors of a four-year program. “On a positive note, this allowed us to choose students with a high potential for success,” said Kunuk.

Students will learn both contemporary law and Inuit traditional law. While the program is taught in English, the College has ensured cultural aspects are respected such as providing an elder-in-residence.

The four-year program leads to a Juris Doctor (JD) in Law from the University of Saskatchewan. Graduates may practice family, employment, business or criminal law in Nunavut; or work in senior roles with companies, organizations, or the GN.

The program started in September and according to Kunuk, students are already hard at work. “We’re pleased to welcome students from various communities including Arviat, Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay, and Gjoa Haven,” said Kunuk.

Nuka Olsen-Hakongak of Cambridge Bay and recent graduate of NAC’s Social Services Worker program typifies the next generation of leaders. “Nunavut is my home. It’s where I want to live and work when I graduate. With a law degree, I feel I can help Nunavummiut and give back,” she said.

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Nunavut Arctic College and the Government of Nunavut are jointly issuing a Request for an Expression of Interest from any Canadian University interested in entering into a partnership to improve higher education in the territory of Nunavut. Please click the following link to access the Request for an Expression of Interest document in French and English

NOTICE regarding Request for an Expression of Interest: NAC-GN Response_18.09.2017.docx

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By all accounts, Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig, a student in the Jewellery and Metalwork program is having a good year. For the second time this year, her work has been in the national spotlight.

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Seven students and recent grads of NAC’s Jewellery and Metalwork program in Iqaluit were invited to exhibit their work at L.A. Pai Gallery in downtown Ottawa.

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Mary-Lou Angidlik, a NAC student in Cambridge Bay, was appointed the first Inuk Ambassador to the Canada-Wide Science Fair — the country’s largest youth science competition. More than 400 students from over 100 regions in Canada gathered at the fair, held this year in Regina.

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The Kivalliq Campus celebrated the growing popularity of the Office Administration Program with seven graduates in Arviat and nine in Baker Lake in 2017.

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The success of the trades centre in Rankin Inlet was recently celebrated by The Honourable Paul Quassa, Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College. Since 2010, numerous training levels have been accredited for program delivery:

Electrician – Levels 1 & 2

Plumber-Gasfitter – Levels 1 & 2

Housing Maintainer – Levels 1,2 & 3

Oil Burner Mechanics – Levels 1 & 2

Carpenter Programs – Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4

In 2013, Level 3 Oil Burner Mechanics met accreditation requirements, followed by the Oil Burner Mechanics Trades Qualification Program in 2016.

Speaking in the legislative assembly, Minister Quassa recognized Sanatuliqsarvik’s contribution to trades training for Pre-apprenticeship and Apprenticeship programs.

“I would like to recognize the following individuals that have either received, or are eligible to receive Interprovincial Certification in their respective Trades stemming from training at taken at Sanatuliqsarvik.”

  • Brandon Oolooyuk of Rankin Inlet for successfully completing his technical training and passing his Interprovincial Exam in the Electrician Trade.
  • Lundy Manik of Arviat for successfully completing his technical training and passing his Interprovincial Examination in Plumber /GasfitterTrade.
  • Ted Lachance of Rankin Inlet for successfully completing his apprenticeship and achieving his Interprovincial Certification in Carpenter Program.
  • Aaron Pilakapsi of Rankin Inlet for successfully completing his apprenticeship and achieving his Interprovincial Certification in the Oil Burner Mechanic Trade.

Minister Quassa also noted that Noah Paniyuq, former Electrician Instructor achieved his Interprovincial Certification while employed with the College.

“Trades training at Sanatuliqsarvik represents all Regions of Nunavut for those wishing to pursue Apprenticeship opportunities. The credit of this success belongs to the interest and efforts of the students and the dedication of their instructors,” he said.

To date, more than 30 apprentices have achieved Journeyman Certification.

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When Judy Hayohok of Kugluktuk graduated from the Getting Ready for Employment and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program she didn’t land a single job – she landed three!

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Media Release

January 17, 2017 Iqaluit, NU

The Inuit Studies program will continue to be offered as part of the regular Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) curriculum in Fall 2017, and will provide an ongoing program that reflects traditional and contemporary Inuit values, practices and knowledge.

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