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Nunavut General Monitoring Plan News: April 2013

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Tracking post-education success

As access to post-secondary education is mainly limited in Nunavut to the Nunavut Arctic College, many students must travel to southern Canada in pursuit of further studies. While studying educational trends among Inuit students, Thierry Rodon of Laval University realized that no work was being done to track the success of these students once they had completed their studies.

“Because so much takes place outside, we have no overall view of post-secondary education in Nunavut, and no idea how these students fare when they return home,” he explains.

The Nunavut General Monitoring Plan, on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, the Nunavut Planning Commission and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, is helping to fund a project that will bridge that gap by collecting data on post-secondary success among Inuit students within and outside Nunavut, as well as data on professional success among graduates and non-graduates.

In addition, the project will examine funding schemes for students and compare their effectiveness in terms of post-secondary success and graduation. Of the estimated 2,500 former Inuit students spread across the territory, Professor Rodon hopes to elicit information from up to 20 per cent in about 15 communities.

“Though employment remains the benchmark, as always, we will try to work with a definition of success that goes beyond jobs and includes elements of personal development and well-being, as well.”

A better understanding of the impact of post-secondary education on young Inuit, he explains, could help education decision makers with program design and help funding agencies to adapt funding to student needs.

What is the Nunavut General Monitoring Plan?

The Nunavut General Monitoring Plan (NGMP) is an initiative that collects, analyzes, and reports information on the long-term conditions of Nunavut’s environment, people, communities, and economy.

It is overseen by a steering committee comprised of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Nunavut Planning Commission, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and the Government of Nunavut.


For more information:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development Canada
P.O. Box 2200
Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: (867) 975-4654
Toll-Free: 1-855-897-6988

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If you are looking for any monitoring information from the list on the following page, please contact the NGMP Secretariat:

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Toll-Free: 1-855-897-6988

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