Not all Nunavut students are lazy procrastinators


My name is Mary Kootoo and I am pleased to say that I am furthering my education. I attend Holland College in Charlottetown, taking Business Administration, a two-year program.

I am appreciative to FANS (Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students) for their support. I think it’s wonderful that the Nunavut government is investing in their future. If not for their help, I would not be able to do this, and I feel superb that I am able to set an example for my child, who is seven.

I read the Nunatsiaq News every Friday via the Internet. I really enjoy reading the letters to the editor.

However, I don’t often agree with some of the letters that are written, whether it be partially or entirely. I think I’ve waited far too long to write my letter. Every now and then, there is a letter criticizing either the students or the government regarding education.

First of all, I’d like to mention that I know there are issues that need to be resolved within the government to better deliver these kinds of programs to Nunavummiut.

Second, Nunavut students need to prepare emotionally and mentally for the changes that lie ahead, because when deciding on what field or occupation she or he wishes to pursue, the chances are that the courses are not offered in Nunavut.

I’d just like to state that not all of Nunavut’s students are lazy; that not all Nunavut students are just in it for a free ride; that not all Nunavut students quit midway, and that not all Nunavut students procrastinate.

Mary Kootoo
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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