Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and the Government of Nunavut (GN) today announced that the new training corporation conducted its inaugural meetings in Iqaluit this week.
To operate under the name Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (legal registration pending), the training corporation was established by NTI based on the Settlement Agreement that NTI, the Government of Canada and the GN signed on May 4, 2015 to settle the 2006 implementation lawsuit. The purpose of the training corporation is to carry out activities to provide training and skills acquisition programs to Nunavut Inuit for the purpose of enhancing the ability of Inuit to qualify for, obtain, retain or advance in employment.
“This is an important accomplishment for Inuit. By getting this corporation up and running, NTI believes we will make substantial progress toward increasing Inuit employment in Nunavut by helping Inuit obtain work and advance in all areas of the workforce, from administrative to professional designations,” said NTI President Cathy Towtongie. “NTI believes that education, training and gainful employment are key to creating stronger and healthier families and communities.
During the meetings, the corporation approved its by-laws and elected the first Board of Directors, including NTI President Cathy Towtongie, NTI Vice-President James Eetoolook, Kitikmeot Inuit Association President Stanley Anablak, Kivalliq Inuit Association President David Ningeongan, Qikiqtani Inuit Association President PJ Akeeagok, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna and Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa.
“Education and training are intrinsic to the ongoing and future success of Nunavut and its public service. The establishment of the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation is a significant step towards realizing our self-reliance,” said Premier Taptuna.
The corporation will establish a strategic plan in the coming months to guide its activities. An advisory council will also be established to provide advice to the corporation on the effective use of the training fund.