Nunavut RCMP teams up with Makigiaqta on Inuit recruitment

Don’t wait, apply today, RCMP says

If you’re an Inuk who’s thinking about a career in policing, you may want to consider a program that the RCMP and the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp. have teamed up on to prepare people for entry into the RCMP training academy in Regina. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The RCMP have teamed up with the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp. on a program aimed at preparing Inuit recruits for entry into the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.

“This partnership will support Inuit to acquire and build on employment related skills and aims to implement additional training to help applicants through the RCMP’s recruitment process,” an RCMP news release says.

The program starts in January 2020 and runs for four months.

To meet the minimum requirements, recruits should have a high school diploma, no criminal record and be of good character.

In the program, participants will receive literacy and numeracy training, exposure to various police skills, and workshops on mental wellness and coping skills, the RCMP says.

As well, the RCMP says it will undertake all the “steps of the regular recruiting process during these four months to minimize barriers to success.”

The purpose of the four-month program is to get applicants ready for the RCMP Training Academy, also known as “Depot,” where recruits will receive six months of basic training.

Makigiaqta is the training fund created with the use of $175 million worth of settlement moneys that Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. received in 2015, when NTI and Ottawa reached an out-of-court agreement settling NTI’s lawsuit against the federal government.

To apply to join the program, you can contact Cpl. Dmitri Malakhov at 867-975-4404 or Const. David Aglukark at 867-975-4787.

You can also reach them via email at

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by Inuik on

    Requires driver’s license. I wasted money to get one because I could not find someone to teach me how to drive for at least once. I lost interest. If they want Inuit recruitment, they should provide driving lessons for those who are interested.

    • Posted by Dmitri Malakhov on

      We will be working with Dept. of Motor Vehicles to get the participants an unrestricted DL.

      • Posted by Inuik on

        That’s what the local RCMP told me. But when I got a call, they still told me to get my drivers license first before applying.

  2. Posted by There u have it on

    And as stated above the rcmp better do everything..including drivers licenc

  3. Posted by Paul Murphy on

    I totally agree Inuik.

    Driver training in the communities should be part of the extra curricula training in high school or thru Arctic College.

    The only unfortunate part that I see is the availability of a vehicle for training purposes. the GN/High Schools/Arctic College cannot afford to put a vehicle in each community for this sole purpose.

    Perhaps a local business can help out. Run the program twice a year and I suspect your qualified drivers in town will increase.

  4. Posted by HS Diploma on

    Cop – “Sir do you know why I pulled you over?”
    Driver – “Because you got all C’s in high school?”

  5. Posted by Missy on

    I wanna apply but I’m not a graduate.

  6. Posted by Observer on

    One thing that should be a reality check: most people are not aware of the amount of paperwork and writing required to be a police officer. Grade 9 education is not going to cut it.

  7. Posted by Determination on

    The truth is, that if people now aren’t willing to do things on their own like graduate from high school, despite all the assistance that is given to do so, they aren’t going to be able to make it as a cop. No matter how many helping hand programs you have to get people ready for a job, ultimately, if they’re not yet capable of doing those things on their own, they’re not going to be able to do the job, either. Policing requires a lot of pro-active initiative, and if you can’t even finish high school with the basic literacy and numeracy skills to apply for training, then you’re not going to make it through training either. It’s just reality. People have to want something badly enough on their own to acquire the prerequisites to do it. It just doesn’t work to hand it to them, the figuring out is part of the preparation process. You have to want to do the job day after day, month after month, and year after year, as well, and training doesn’t give you that, ever.

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