Northern post-secondary education task force launches online survey
‘This great work will help improve education opportunities in Canada’s North and Arctic,’ says minister Dan Vandal
A team of educators, leaders and students who will recommend improvements to post-secondary education in the North wants to hear directly from northerners.
The 13-member task force includes Rebecca Mearns, acting president of Nunavut Arctic College, Peesee Pitsiulak, dean of Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunatta campus, and James Takkiruq, a law student. They started their work last November.
Last week, they launched a website and Facebook page to kick start their public engagement outreach.
The website gives people the opportunity to tell their stories in a variety of ways.
They can fill out a survey, upload video, audio or documents, or register to take part in an online discussion.
There is also a space for representatives of southern educational institutions to contribute their input.
“This great work will help improve education opportunities in Canada’s North and Arctic,” said Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal on social media.
The results of the survey will be recorded in the final report with recommendations on how to improve education opportunities and outcomes in the North.
A first draft of recommendations is expected to be completed in winter 2021.
The federal government has proposed $40 million over five years to support options for post-secondary education in the North, including $1 million to establish this task force to study post-secondary education in the Arctic and North.