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Nine employers seeked to fill positions at a job fair in Kugluktuk

Job fair brings opportunities to Kugluktuk community
Janet Kadlun with Sabina Silver and Gold Corp. Picture courtesy of Tanya Ongahak ᔮᓇᑦ ᑲᓪᓗᓐ ᓴᐲᓇ ᓯᐅᕗ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒎᓗ ᑯᐊᐳᕇᓴᓐ.

Nine employers were recruiting at the Colin Adjun Hall during a job fair on Jan. 31 in Kugluktuk, which brought a variety of work opportunities to the community.

“We had a booth there along with the Hamlet of Kugluktuk, Economic Development and Transportation department, Family wellness division of family services, Sabina gold and silver co., Kugluktuk housing association, Kitikmeot corporation, Northern store and Adult educators with Nunavut Arctic College,” said Tanya Ongahak, the representative for the career development division of family services in Kugluktuk.

Senior high classes Grade 10 to 12 attended the fair to gain insights on career opportunities. The rest of the crowd was “combined of young and older adults,” said Ongahak.

The community is experiencing a workforce shortage, like many others across Canada.

“Some departments are always in need of new employees, for example the Kugluktuk Hamlet and quite a few divisions of the Government as well. We’re definitely in need of more wellness and frontline workers,” said Ongahak.

The employers offered a variety of job opportunities and “a few people had the opportunity to gain employment,” added Ongahak.

Although this is Ongahak’s first time co-organizing the fair, she said there are more to come.

“We want to bring the job fair back at least every year,” said Ongahak.

Preparations for the next fair scheduled a few months from now are already underway:

“We are looking into organizing a bigger job fair event with a lot more insight into careers, skills, certification and education opportunities around March,” said Ongahak.

A job fair took place in Kugluktuk on Jan. 31. Picture courtesy of Tanya Ongahak ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᓂᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑦᓯᓂᖅ ᖁᕐᓗᑦᑐᕐᒥᑦ ᔭᓐᓄᐊᓕ 31-ᒥ.