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Inuit Studies program offered in 2017

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.


On January 7, 2017, (NAC) college administrators cancelled the Winter 2017 term of the Inuit Studies program, due to low student enrollment.

“The Inuit Studies program is an integral component to teaching our cultural history and it’s unfortunate the program had to be cancelled for this semester,” said Paul Quassa, Minister responsible for NAC. “I have carefully evaluated the situation and have instructed the college to continue to follow the appropriate administrative process, as the well-being of our students is first and foremost the reason we provide these educational opportunities. The College has a duty to support and facilitate the needs of students during the course of their studies.”

“I have ensured that the two remaining students have been accommodated, and encourage those interested in this line of study to register for the Fall 2017 program,” said Elizabeth Ryan, NAC Board of Governors Chair. “The timing of the notification should have happened shortly after the term completed, and any future cancellations will ensure that this is done. We apologize to the students affected for the timing of the notification.”

NAC endeavours to be the college of choice for Nunavummiut by offering programs of the highest national standard. NAC continues to work towards increasing the levels of support available to students through tutoring, counselling and other student services, and invites them to actively engage with student services and instructors to develop the tools and skills they need to achieve their goals. We openly invite other organizations and groups to participate in the development of a dynamic, engaging and empowering learning community.

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