Nunavut Arctic College

Founded 1995 | Iqaluit, NU

Nunavut Arctic College is the only post-secondary institution in the territory, and it offers degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as language and culture, business, fine arts and the environment. The college also offers apprenticeship, trades and adult basic education programs.

One of the school’s strongest programs is its two-year diploma in environmental technology, designed to prepare grads for in-demand careers in the region, such as fish and wildlife conservation and resource development and management. Students can move on to a bachelor of science program in partnership with a university after completing this diploma.

The college has satellite campuses and centres across Nunavut, with the main schools being Nunatta in Iqaluit, Kivalliq in Rankin Inlet and Kitikmeot in Cambridge Bay. The Nunavut Innovation and Research Institutes are located in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay and Arviat, and the Piqqusilirivvik cultural school is in Clyde River. Piqqusilirivvik offers courses in drum dancing, throat singing, cabin building, child rearing and other aspects of traditional knowledge. Learning centres are located in 22 other communities.

The Kivalliq campus is home to the Sanatuliqsarvik Trades Training Centre, the territory’s leading trades training facility. Residences are available on three campuses and have space for both individuals and families.

Popular Programs

• Nursing

• Nunavut Teacher Education

• Environmental Technology

• Management Studies

• Inuit Studies

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• Fur Design and Production: Students gain skills in the sealskin fur garment industry. The program includes a focus on traditional Inuit methods and technologies for preparing skins and designing and sewing garments.

• Interpreter/Translator: This diploma program is for students interested in the technical aspects of Inuktitut. Students learn the skills and approach required to work as an interpreter.

• Arctic Nursing: Delivered in collaboration with Dalhousie University, this degree program emphasizes primary health care along with an awareness of and respect for Inuit culture.