Tides Canada announced its Top 10 Initiatives for 2012 on March 6 at a special event in Toronto. The program was commended in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut yesterday by Pond Inlet MLA Joe Enook.
"Tides Canada is an international organization whose mission is to provide uncommon solutions for the common good by leading and supporting actions that foster a healthy environment and promote social justice," said Enook. "For a decade now, Tides Canada has been recognizing unique and innovative initiatives from across the country," he said in the House.
In its official citation concerning the Pond Inlet Environmental Technology Program, the organization notes that “The Pond Inlet Environmental Technology Program builds capacity for scientific and policy analysis of environmental issues and management locally in Nunavut. It also notes that the program “trains students to build careers as environmental practitioners, incorporating classroom and practical field experiences to cultivate the skills needed for professions in growing fields such as fish and wildlife conservation, parks management, environmental assessment and research and waste management.”
"I am very pleased to see this successful Nunavut program earn national recognition. This recognition stems from the strong relationships developed in Pond Inlet between students, instructors, scientists, industry, and other partners," he said. "Only a few short months ago, we celebrated 25 years of success for the Environmental Technology Program," said Enook. "I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College and the Board of Governors for their strong support for this program.
We’re grateful that it was able to continue in Pond Inlet."
The Nunavut Arctic College Environmental Technology Program
The Environmental Technology Program is a two-year diploma program that incorporates classroom and practical lab and field experiences to develop student skills.Graduates of the program will possess the necessary skills to meet the growing demand for environmental practitioners in such fields as resource development and management, fish and wildlife conservation, environmental protection, parks management, environmental assessment, waste management, environmental research, and environmental education.