Over the next two and half years, approximately sixty more Nunavut students are expected to graduate with a teaching degree.
The Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), in partnership with the University of Regina, offers a campus and community based program preparing Nunavummiut to become classroom teachers in Nunavut schools.
The program emphasizes training for primary and elementary teachers, but students may choose to practice at the Junior High and High School levels. The program has a strong focus on practice, and the theory learned in courses is applied in classroom situations through observation and teaching.
The Hon. Daniel Shewchuk, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments. “Improving education and training outcomes is a key priority for our government,” the Minister said. “We know that without adequate employment, knowledge and skills, Nunavummiut will not be able to benefit from the jobs that are needed to keep pace with our growing economy.”
“Each of you individually merits special recognition and commendation for preparing yourself to contribute to the future of Nunavut.”
Minister Shewchuk also congratulated University of Regina and Arctic College staff for supporting the students through their four-year journey. “I want to take this opportunity to recognize the important contributions of the faculty and staff of Nunavut Arctic College and our university partner, the University of Regina,” he said. “I commend you for your energy and imagination, commitment and support for our students. Your efforts have made the successes of the graduates you see here today possible.”
Graduates were commended for their accomplishments in an address by Arctic College Board of Governors Chair, Mr. Frank Pearce. “The focus of Education Programs and the Nunavut Teacher Education Program, in particular, has always been to prepare quality teaching personnel for education institutions in Nunavut,” he said.
“For Nunavummiut to become full participants in the territory’s growing economy, we need teachers," said Pearce. "You, as graduates, are our future. Strong and confident in your abilities, you leave us well prepared to educate and inspire a new generation of Nunavut youth.”
Graduates were congratulated by Dr. James McNinch from the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education and Brian Manning, the College's Director of Education Programs addressed the NTEP graduates.
Arctic College President Mike Shouldice also extended his congratulations.
“As graduates, we hope you will inspire a new generation of learning and teaching that is grounded in the traditions, language and culture of Nunavut, our home,” he said. “Always remember, a good education gives you choices and opportunities to take advantage of all of the exciting things this world has to offer.”
On behalf of the Board of Governors, staff and students of Nunavut Arctic College, we congratulate this year’s Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing and Nunavut Teacher Education degree program graduates
This year’s Nunavut Teacher Education Program graduates are:
- Dwayne Haqpi
- Jolene Itkilik
- Emily Joanasie
- Laura Merritt
- Morris Manilak
- Blandina Airut
- Kayylyn Kusugak
- Dorris Angohiatok
- Daisy Eyetok
- Monica Kigutak
- Emma Pauloosie
- Eli Hiqiniq – Gjoa Haven
- Eunice Atagutsiak – Arctic Bay
- Paula Kringayak – Repulse Bay
Congratulations, Graduates! You’ve made us all proud!