Nunavut still needs 26 teachers as school gets underway
Classes have begun in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq, and in some Qikiqtani communities
As students head back to school in Nunavut, the Department of Education still needs to fill 26 teaching positions in the territory.
This time last year, the department had 59 vacant teaching positions, the department wrote in an email to Nunatsiaq News.
In the Kivalliq, there are eight vacant positions, with three in Naujaat, two in Coral Harbour, two in Rankin Inlet and one in Whale Cove.
Fifteen teachers still need to be hired in the Qikiqtani region, with four vacancies in Iqaluit, four in Arctic Bay, two in Igloolik, two in Sanikiluaq and one in Pangnirtung, Kinngait and Resolute Bay, respectively.
And in the Kitikmeot, three teachers need to be hired, with two open positions in Taloyoak and one in Gjoa Haven.
The Department of Education also said it has one vacant position for a vice-principal, but did not specify for which school. All other school leadership positions are filled, the department said.
School is already underway for students in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions, which started as early as Aug. 7 in Baker Lake.
Some schools in the Qikiqtani region have also opened their doors to students and teachers, with students in Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Igloolik going back on Aug. 17.
Students in Iqaluit are set to head back to school on Sept. 1.
The department declined Nunatsiaq News’ request for an interview for this story.
In an email, a spokesperson said the department “is continuing to improve recruitment activities, both within Nunavut by promoting the teaching profession as a career opportunity, and outside of Nunavut for positions where qualified Inuit are not available.”
The department also said its 2020-21 recruitment activities included visiting career fairs, sending letters to Canadian universities, an online campaign and placing advertisements in local publications.
In a July 24 news conference, Education Minister David Joanasie said, “It does not appear that COVID-19 has had an impact on educator recruitment this year.”