Nunavut government announces new program for Inuit correctional caseworkers
“We want to ensure that the future of our system includes individuals who believe in Inuit societal values as the basis of our justice system”
Inuit seeking careers in Nunavut’s corrections system will now have a new path to take thanks to a collaboration between the Department of Justice and Algonquin College.
The two-year correctional caseworker program, which was announced by Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak in the legislature on Monday, Feb. 24, aims to provide both an educational foundation and enough hands-on experience for individuals to enter into careers in the corrections division.
“It is important to us to ensure we are recruiting and training individuals who understand that the delivery of justice services is to be approached from a vision of healing and rehabilitation, as opposed to punishment,” said Ehaloak.
“We want to ensure that the future of our system includes individuals who believe in Inuit societal values as the basis of our justice system.”
The community and justice services diploma program begins in May at Algonquin College in Ottawa, followed by on-the-job training in one of Nunavut’s correctional facilities.
All travel expenses, tuition and course fees will be covered while students are attending Algonquin College.
Up to 10 students will be accepted into the program.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or be 19 years of age or older and have a satisfactory criminal records check.
Those interested in applying can send their resumé and a brief summary of their interest in working in corrections to JP Deroy, director of corrections, at JPDeroy@gov.nu.ca or 867-975-6501.