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NEWS: Nunavut August 02, 2018 - 9:30 am

QIA continues tour to help build Inuit labour pool database

Meeting set for tonight in Pond Inlet

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association hopes to boost the number of Inuit workers at Baffinland's Mary River mine. (FILE PHOTO)
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association hopes to boost the number of Inuit workers at Baffinland's Mary River mine. (FILE PHOTO)

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is continuing to drum up support for its new Inuit labour pool database, Tuttarvik.

The association hopes the database will help boost Inuit employment at Baffinland’s Mary River iron mine.

This week QIA is holding meetings on Tuttarvik in Pond Inlet, including a gathering set for tonight at the Sauniq Hotel Boardroom, starting at 7 p.m. QIA staff will be on hand to help residents complete application forms.

QIA made similar visits to Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung in June.

Those currently registered with Tuttarvik will be eligible to participate in training and education opportunities, including skills training, apprenticeships and university programs.

A website for Tuttarvik is expected to roll out in the fall. It will automatically create a resume for anyone who is registered and link them to new and upcoming job opportunities.

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(9) Comments:

#1. Posted by Or... on August 02, 2018

The government should focus way harder on getting people into GN, Fed, and NTI/QIA jobs instead of mining jobs that nobody wants that take people away from their homes and put them at the whim of mining companies.

#2. Posted by Looks like on August 02, 2018

You can’t make people want to work or succeed. But you can pretend to try.

#3. Posted by Northern Guy on August 02, 2018

#1 there are only about 400 government jobs in all of Nunavut and many of them demand university degrees (Nurses, Doctors, Teachers Engineers etc.) that require many years of education. Baffinland alone has 600 jobs available during construction and will have over 300 during production, there are similar numbers of jobs at Meadowbank, Meliadine and Hope Bay. These jobs require either on the job training or a couple of years at a trade school. Where would you think the greater benefit lies in terms of immediate job opportunity for Nunavummiut seeking employment and transferable skills?

#4. Posted by Jeff on August 02, 2018

Haha. Comical. Resume database. Stalling. QIA, every NU community already has a resume database. But u want to reinvent the wheel to disguise the fact that only 12% of Baffinland employees are Inuit and this Co. has no interest of making much more effort than that. The Co. Is only hiring their southern fam & friends.

#5. Posted by John on August 02, 2018

Instead of just complaining and wanting a handout, get out there and do something about it, get educated, get trained and work hard towards getting a good job.

#6. Posted by Inuit Societal Values on August 02, 2018

Every couple of years somebody starts the resume database project all over again.

This has been going on since before the creation of Nunavut and I expect it will continue until the end of time.

There was one initiative about 10 years ago where the first question was: “How many Ph.D.s have you earned?”  I’m not joking.  That was question # 1.

If QIA executive is hoping this will find the skilled, out-of-work Inuit welders, machinists, mechanics, heavy equipment operators, accountants and geologists who want to be away from their families for several weeks at a time, then they may be a little out of touch with reality.

Mary River is expected to be operational for many decades.  Build a town so people can live proper lives.  Only then will people be willing to work there for more than a few months.

Really, what part of Inuit Societal Values do they not understand?

#7. Posted by iRoll on August 03, 2018


How many Inuit “welders, machinists, mechanics, heavy equipment operators, accountants and geologists” are there exactly?

Is it such a hardship to be away from home for 2 weeks?

People all over the world leave their home for years to find meaningful work. Why would you become a geologist if you never intended on leaving the safe confines of your tiny community?

What an absurd comment

#8. Posted by Putuguk on August 03, 2018

There are people that want to get hired and trained. They go out and find what jobs and training are available. They then figure out how to apply for work or get the training.

All such people in Nunavut are already working or in training.

There are other people that want work or training but do not know how to get this going. There are only a few people like this in Nunavut. For them, this database is a very good thing.

There are other non hunters that are not even thinking about a job or training. In other words, deadbeats. There are many people like this across Nunavut. For them, this database is excellent also, as it is a kind of encouragement for them to go for it.

Employers and trainers know who to hire or train. We are not talking millions of people here.

It is just an excuse to create some excitement and awareness. It genuinely helps some people that do not know how to get work, and most importantly, gives the deadbeats a friendly kick in the rump.

#9. Posted by election on August 03, 2018

must be election time again.

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