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Law Degree Launches in Iqaluit

From top row to bottom: Pascal MacLellan – Colin Mackay – Robert Comeau – Willis Allurut – Duncan Cunningham – James Takkiruq – Guy d’Argencourt – David Lawson – David Iou – Emily Karpik – Angnakuluk Friesen – Samantha Barnes – Nastania Mullin – Jessica Shabtai – Stephanie Tagalik Eccles – Christine Bens Ellsworth – Alanna Copland – Suzy Keenainak – Marion Lewis – Bonnie Osborne – Jasmine Redfern – Marley Dunkers – Nuka Olsen Hakongek – Not pictured Mike Rafter and Andrew Morrison From top row to bottom: Pascal MacLellan – Colin Mackay – Robert Comeau – Willis Allurut – Duncan Cunningham – James Takkiruq – Guy d’Argencourt – David Lawson – David Iou – Emily Karpik – Angnakuluk Friesen – Samantha Barnes – Nastania Mullin – Jessica Shabtai – Stephanie Tagalik Eccles – Christine Bens Ellsworth – Alanna Copland – Suzy Keenainak – Marion Lewis – Bonnie Osborne – Jasmine Redfern – Marley Dunkers – Nuka Olsen Hakongek – Not pictured Mike Rafter and Andrew Morrison

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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