Nunavut Arctic College launches bachelor of social work
Graduates of college’s social services worker program can now apply to new degree
Nunavut Arctic College has partnered with Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador to offer a social work degree program in the territory this fall, the college announced Wednesday.
The college currently offers a two-year social service worker diploma program. This fall, graduates of that program can apply to be in the first cohort of the college’s bachelor of social work program, which will be offered over an additional two years in Cambridge Bay starting this year.
The program will be accredited through St. John’s-based Memorial University, which entered a 10-year agreement with NAC in 2019 to help the college expand its post-secondary programming.
“[This] is consistent with the government’s priority of providing education and training opportunities for youth and adults to make positive contributions to society and gain meaningful employment through Sivummuaqpalliajjutivut,” said Nunavut’s Education Minister David Joanasie in a Monday news release, referring to the GN’s 10-year blueprint for education.
“The inclusion of elder perspectives and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in this two-year program set to be delivered in Cambridge Bay, also means future Inuit social workers graduates will be well prepared to incorporate Inuit societal values in their future social work practice.”
The Government of Nunavut has committed $1.8 million over a three-year period for the delivery of the program, the college said.
Vianne Timmons, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, said the institution hopes to build on the success of its partnership with the Nunatsiavut Government to deliver an Inuit bachelor of social work program to Inuit beneficiaries in Labrador.
“We are honoured to be part of this initiative with Nunavut Arctic College,” Timmons said in the release. “There exists a possibility of offering the program in additional Nunavut communities in the future, with an overarching goal of co-developing an accredited bachelor of social work for NAC to offer independently.
The GN commissioned a feasibility study in 2016 to determine whether or not the territory had the resources and market to launch its first university, but concluded that the best approach was to partner with an existing university.