Nunavut Arctic College

Nunavut Arctic College was the first agency of government established in anticipation of the creation of Nunavut in April 1999. The Public Colleges Act detailed the responsibilities and the authorities for post-secondary and adult education in the NWT. In 1999, the new Government of Nunavut adopted this Act as the legislation governing these programs in Nunavut. The Act states that the purpose of the College is to deliver adult and post-secondary programs.

Nunavut Arctic College focuses on

  • Nursing: educates Inuit as nurses to respond to the health care needs of the people of Nunavut.
  • Teacher Education: prepares Inuit to become classroom teachers in Nunavut schools. The program has a strong focus on practice, and theory learned in courses is applied in classroom situation.
  • Environmental Technology: prepares students to work in a variety of environment related areas.
  • Management Studies: prepares students to work in business and financial administration.
  • Inuit Studies: in-depth studies of Inuit knowledge and traditions and/or preparation for role as interpreter/translators.
  • Human Services: prepares students for entry level positions in human services, social work, and drug and alcohol counseling.
  • Fine Arts: focuses on jewellery and metalworking programs.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1999
Total Number of Staff 200
Number of Academic Staff 90
Number of Students 1500
Focus Areas

Teacher Education
Environmental Technology
Management Studies
Inuit Studies
Human Services
Fine Arts