An increase of $12 million in funding support for training and post-secondary education has been approved in a joint initiative between Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and the three regional Inuit associations: Kivalliq Inuit Association, Kitikmeot Inuit Association and Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
Nunavut Inuit Makigiaqta approved a policy on Large-Scale Initiatives Supporting Inuit in Post-Secondary Education, which will provide funding of $5 million in both 2023-2024 and 2024-2025. This new policy and approved funds is intended to empower Inuit students with the essential resources for academic success.
“It is inspiring to see so many Inuit students advancing their knowledge and skills in post-secondary institutions, and I am so pleased that we are able to support them in reaching their goals,” said NTI President and Makigiaqta chair Aluki Kotierk.
In addition, the Makigiaqta board approved a new policy providing a further $1 million for the Makigiaqta Post-Secondary Education Funding Program, to take effect on April 1. The program offers engagement, funding and hands-on support for Inuit individuals accepted into post-secondary degree programs, providing additional funding to support educational, training and employment development initiatives.
In addition, the Makigiaqta board approved a revised policy for the Quvvariarniq Program, which provides mentorship funding opportunities. The program budget for 2024-25 is $1 million dollars.