Nunavut Sivuniksavut launches second round of university track program

Another six students venture onto path leading to government work

The success of the first six Inuit students to enter Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s ACD program was celebrated at an event in Ottawa last December. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Another six Nunavut Inuit students will get a chance next year to participate in an advanced Nunavut Sivuniksavut program that puts students on the path to university and future government employment.

The program, called Academic and Career Development, or “ACD,” combines work placements at federal government departments in Ottawa with courses at Carleton University that lead to a qualification called the Certificate in Nunavut Public Services Studies.

Its purpose is to help more young Inuit qualify for Nunavut government jobs to meet the employment goals set out in Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement.

“We want to see more Inuit in the public sector so that Inuit are leading Nunavut at all levels,” Jesse Unaapik Mike, chair of the NS board of directors, said in a news release.

The decision to back a second round of the ACD program was made at a recent meeting of the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp., NS said.

The first version of the ACD program ends this December, and organizers are calling it a success.

“Students have passed all of their university courses and their placement experiences in government departments have been very rewarding,” said Murray Angus, the co-ordinator of the ACD program.

So the next round will accept another six Nunavut Inuit students who have finished the second year of NS.

It will start on Jan. 2, 2020, with work placements at various government departments located in Ottawa and Gatineau, such as Statistics Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, NS said.

Between work placements, students will take courses from Carleton University in areas such as economics, public administration, English, history of northern Canada, financial accounting and Canadian government.

NS won’t deliver any courses itself—but the six students will take the courses at the NS building on Rideau St. on Ottawa from Carleton instructors.

Financing from the program will come from the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp., the federal government and Nunavut’s Department of Family Services.

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(12) Comments:

  1. Posted by iWonder on

    It would be interesting and useful to see some statistics on program success here, and this applies to all departments that invest funds into any kind of educational or training programs, especially Nunavut Arctic College. We hear these glowing stories often enough, what are the results in the real world?

    • Posted by Reporting Successes on

      It’s my understanding that Kakivak Association regularly reports to their funder, the Federal government, on the successfullness of students that have gone through these programs.
      Maybe they could provide this information to the public.

      • Posted by iWonder on

        Thanks for the link, very interesting and informative stuff.

        • Posted by Not informative on

          The survey used a Facebook group with about two-thirds of grads as members, and received responses from two-thirds of those FB group members. The objective usefulness of the survey is close to zero, but the subjective interpretation presented on the site has clear goals.

          • Posted by Welcome to the 21st century on

            So what if the survey was done through facebook? Would the findings be more “informative” had they sent out a letter embossed in red wax? Does the quality of the data vary based on the medium in which the information was collected? Why is that? Explain your point.

            • Posted by Not informative on

              If you got such a letter to a more random selection of grads, yes, the survey would have been informative. The choice to join an NS grad FB group cannot be the first step in choosing a sample for an informative survey about NS grads. Being anti-statistics isn’t helpful when you’re defending the presentation of statistics.

              • Posted by Welcome to the 21st century on

                Being obscurantist and evasive doesn’t do much either.

                • Posted by Not informative on

                  So, I should conduct a proper survey myself? Pretty sure NS is playing the role of “obscurantist” here, but stay offended that someone doesn’t blindly praise them.

  2. Posted by NS Forever on

    This is a good start, but it is no where near enough.
    Six students are going to work for government and another six will be on their way next year.
    At this rate, if all of them choose to work for the GN, it will only take 167 years for Inuit to fill the 1000 vacant GN positions.

  3. Posted by Cynic on

    I remember when there was an event to celebrate my entrance to a pre-university program after completing a pre-post-secondary program after high school… oh, wait…

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