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(June 5, 2020 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Over one million dollars has been allocated by the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) Board to addressing the critical needs of Inuit students in response to Coronavirus Pandemic.

The funds combine the Mastercard Foundation contribution and the Government of Canada’s Inuit Post-Secondary Education contribution. Funds have been allocated to the Regional Inuit Associations and Kakivak Association as follows:

Kitikmeot Inuit Association, combined – $248,646.95
Kivalliq Inuit Association, combined – $341,957.08
Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Mastercard Foundation – $227,257.77
Kakivak Association, Inuit Post-Secondary Education – $263,055.17
Total – $1,080,916.90

Student needs will be addressed with regional considerations and will include:

  • Connectivity barriers (such as home internet, laptops and online learning tools)
  • Emergency funds for students in transition (such as tools to help graduating students qualify for post-secondary programs)
  • Expanding online supports (such as tutoring, mental health services)
  • Monitoring the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on Inuit communities and students

“The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need to accelerate training and development for a local, representative workforce. It is my sincere hope that the legacy of the pandemic in Nunavut is a stronger, local, representative Inuit workforce in all sectors,” said Aluki Kotierk, President of NTI. “I want to encourage Nunavut Inuit to continue on with your studies during this time so that you can take your rightful place in our economy. I believe in you.”

“I wish to acknowledge Inuit Tapariit Kanatami for advocating for Inuit post-secondary education and thank the Mastercard Foundation and the Government of Canada for their investments,” said James Eetoolook, Vice-President of NTI.

For further information:

Malaya Mikijuk, Director of Communications Trainee

COVID-19 Applications, Support and Information
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
(867) 975-4919

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