Federal government pledges $1.6M to help Nunavut youth enter workforce

North Affairs Minister Dan Vandal announced the funding in Rankin Inlet Tuesday

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq (right) met with Dan Vandal, the minister of northern affairs, in Arviat on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Joe Savikataaq/Twitter)

By Mélanie Ritchot

Nunavut youth across the territory will get support to make them more employable thanks to a $1.6 million boost from the federal government.

Dan Vandal, the federal minister of northern affairs, announced the money for Ilitaqsiniq — the Nunavut literacy society — in Rankin Inlet on Tuesday.

It will go to Ilitaqsiniq’s youth employment and skills strategy, announced Employment and Social Development Canada in a news release.

The federal government estimates the money is enough to help about 72 youth by “giving them the opportunity to participate in programs that embrace traditional language and culture combined with teaching important workplace skills,” states the release.

Vandal met with the literacy society on behalf of Carla Qualtrough, the minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion.

He was in Arviat Monday, where he met with participants of the Aqqiumavvik Society’s Young Hunters Program.

During the visit, Vandal saw local youth use ocean-mapping technology and participate in a net-making workshop at Ujjiqsuiniq Shop, according to a news release from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. 

“There is no shortage of resilience and innovative ideas coming from these young people,” he stated in the release.

On Monday, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq posted a tweet welcoming Vandal to the territory.

In the tweet, Savikataaq said he’s “looking forward to the next few days, as he tours Nunavut and sees our territory’s beauty, potential and challenges firsthand.”

Vandal is the fourth minister to make a quick trip to Nunavut over the past couple weeks, following ministers Marc Miller, Ahmed Hussen and Catherine McKenna — all of whom made funding announcements or highlighted existing funding.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by The root problem on

    Money won’t help youth enter the workforce, there is already too much money being handed out to the young. I recently overheard a young mother say that she “can’t wait til im 18 so i can collect social assistance”. Stop with free rent and free money and make the youth earn a living. This starts with graduating high school.

  2. Posted by Gotta Admit on

    You gotta admit, the Libs are really making a push for this seat.

    • Posted by S on

      lol, federal ministers visiting Nunavut has nothing to do with getting the one seat in Nunavut.

      This is a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money to create photo-ops and announcements for the Liberal party. Those will be used to provoke votes from the woke baizuos in Toronto

  3. Posted by Pain In The Groen on

    Lest we forget all the broken promises.


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